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I have a system with winXP and SUSE 9.2 installed already. I want to install debian also. will this work? has anyone tried this and/or know how to accomplish this ...
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    I have a system with winXP and SUSE 9.2 installed already. I want to install debian also. will this work? has anyone tried this and/or know how to accomplish this as painlessly as possible?

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    If you're already booting successfully between SuSE and XP you're 2/3's the way there.

    I presume with SuSE you used grub and installed to the MBR? Also I presume your /boot is not on a seperate partition?

    Install Debian and choose grub as your bootloader and install it to your MBR. This *should* allow you now to dual boot between Debian and XP. Then it's a simple matter of copying your SuSE entry in your SuSE /boot/grub/menu.lst and pasting it into your newly created Debian /boot/grub/menu.lst. That should get you triple booting. You do have room at the end of your drive for a Debian install?
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    It can be done, as Dapper Dan explained. Just thought to mention that I once had triple boot with Win '98, Win 2000 and Linux (I think it was SuSE). If Windows can do it, so can Linux (and usually do it better).
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    i am going to have each os on a different hard drive, will this complicate or simplify things? Also, i am pretty new at linux so i would really apreciate realitively detailed instructions on how to actually perform your suggestions.

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    JohnHamlin, I've never done this with more than one hard drive, but that shouldn't make it too much more difficult. Have a look at this though. I believe it will give you some necessary basics to understand how to do what you're wanting.

    http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplan...orials/4232/1/
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