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Installing Multiple Linux Distributions on a Single Machine

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by Whil Hentzen
Length: 13 pgs
Formats Available: PDF
Press date: 2003/12/19
Source code: N/A

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There are lots of places that tell you the general ideas on setting up a multiple boot, usually with Windows as being one of the OSs. But what is the philosophy behind it? What about some of the war stories? How many partitions? What boot partitions? While the doc says " you can", what are the ramifications of doing so? How do you set up multiple Linux installations? What are the step by step instructions? In this whitepaper, we're going to install Fedora Core, and then put SuSE on the same box. When we're done, we'll have a machine with a boot screen that provides options to load either Fedora Core or SuSE.

Table of Contents

1. Preface
1.1. Copyright
1.2. Revisions
1.2.1. History
1.2.2. New version
1.2.3. Feedback and corrections
1.3. References and acknowledgments
1.4. Disclaimer
1.5. Prerequisites

2. Boot loaders and partitions
2.1 Hardware configuration
2.2 How Linux starts up
2.2.1 Generic tests
2.2.2 Device selection and boot loaders
2.2.3 Master Boot Record
2.2.4 Stage 1
2.2.5 Stage 2
2.2.6 Splash screens
2.2.7 Summary

3. How to install multiple operating systems

4. Summary

5. Questions
5.1 I hit the wrong button. Now my second OS's boot loader is in the MBR. How do I get my first OS's boot loader back into the MBR?
5.2 How do I change the splash screen?
5.3 The line in the boot menu for SuSE just says "Linux". When I add more distributions to my system, it'll be confusing as to which distribution that refers to.
5.4 I need more than four partitions but there can only be four partitions on a hard disk. What do I do?

6. Where to go for more information

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