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hello i'd like to have two different distributions of linux (aurox and mandriva) installed on one physical drive. please, tell me, how to set up partitions and where to place ...
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    how to have 2 linuxes?


    hello

    i'd like to have two different distributions of linux (aurox and mandriva) installed on one physical drive.

    please, tell me, how to set up partitions and where to place mounting points during the installation?

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    You can set up the partitions however you like for each distro, they can share the swap partition. The installer for one or the other should autodetect and setup LILO/GRUB to boot either one.

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    so it doesn't matter which is the primary partition? i can't have two primary partitions on one disk, is this right?

    when the installer asks about the mounting point ("/"), it means where to install the system, is that it?

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    You can have 4 partitions, all of which can be primary if you want.
    If you make one of the four an extended partition, you can put logical drives inside the exetended partition to your hearts content.

    What you should do is partition the hard drive ahead of time.
    If all you want is two distros, partition the hard drive into 2 partitions, don't format either.

    Install your first distro on hda1, creating a swap from part of hda1.
    Swap size should be 2x the ram, but no larger than 1 GB.
    Install the bootloader to the MBR.
    Now you have your first distro on hda1, swap on hda2, and unformatted space on hda3.
    Install the 2nd distro on hda3, use the swap space from hda2.
    It is not a problem for 2 distros to share the same swap space, I have 6 distros sharing swap.
    Install the bootloader to the root partition.
    You will need to edit your distro1 bootloader to boot distro 2.
    Directions will depend on which distro you do first, Aurox uses grub, Mandriva uses LiLo I think.

    Hope this helps.
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    thanks a lot, it sounds pretty straight-forward, and i hope it helps and i won't need to bother you again

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    and i won't need to bother you again Smile
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    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by caminoix
    thanks a lot, it sounds pretty straight-forward, and i hope it helps and i won't need to bother you again
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    oh, in that case i promise to bother you whenever i can

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