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    Is it possible to install another distribution of Linux on a system that is already setup for a dual boot. I already have a dual boot setup with vista and Ubuntu but was wanting to try another distro of Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moliphant4 View Post
    Is it possible to install another distribution of Linux on a system that is already setup for a dual boot. I already have a dual boot setup with vista and Ubuntu but was wanting to try another distro of Linux.
    Yes, you can install lots of different distros on the same system. However, you might be creating a number of new problems for yourself if you don't know what you are doing.

    Basically, you'll need to create any additional partitions that you want to use for the new distribution if you haven't done so already, then install the new distro on them, then add the required lines for the new system to your bootloader so that you'll have the new system as an option at boot time.

    You might find it easier to use some imaging software to create images of your current partitions, then install the new distribution over your current Ubuntu system. If you don't like the new system, you can restore the Ubuntu images so that you'll be right back to where you are now.
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    Its really easy to setup multiboot. Installers of most of Linux distros detect other installed Linux distros and setup multiboot without any problem. RedHat based Linux distros ( Fedora, CentOS, Scientific Linux and RHEL etc ) do not detect other installed Linux distros and you have to setup multiboot manually.

    Just create a new partition and install new distro in it. Make sure to install new distro in new/unused partition only. Installer will detect other distros and SWAP partition. It will setup multiboot itself.
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