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Of partitioning, SUSE and Mandriva...
firstly, i have a new computer and (with a bit of trouble) successfully dual booted Fedora core 4 and mandriva 2005 (10.2). but i have no internet connection on that computer and fedora is being annoying so i have decided to put on SUSE 9.3 since i hear it is quite complete.
What i'd like to do:
In the end, i'd like to have SUSE 9.3, Mandriva 2005, and another distro to play around with (possibly slackware or gentoo. i'm up for suggestions) all coexisting and nicely partitioned on a 160GB SATA hard drive.
although i am familliar with how to partition, i don't know all the details. I know that one is only allowed four primary partitions, so is there a limit to the number of OSs you can put on a hard drive?
as for setting up the partitions, i know that you can share swap between distros, and the swap should be near the edge of the hard drive along with the /boot partition. but how would i set up the rest since that is two primary partitions gone already?
i also havn't decided on a third distro, so can i just leave a chunk of free space to allow for the installation of a third distro at a later date?
whew, thanks for reading my novel :S, hopefully i can get help clearing these things up.
Re: Of partitioning, SUSE and Mandriva...Originally Posted by jpalfree
i also havn't decided on a third distro, so can i just leave a chunk of free space to allow for the installation of a third distro at a later date?Registered Linux user #270181
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It is limited.
IDE: Max 63 (4 primary/extended and 59 logical)
SCSI: Max 11 or 27
This is also kernel/OS related(this example counts for Linux and mostly means the amount of partition devices the kernel can make).
PS: This could be outdated though... (however, it's still the kernel that mathers)
I have five partitions and a swap going:
hda1 Windows XP
hda5 FAT32 for files
hda6 free space to try out new distros
I'm not sure which are primary and which are logical, but it all works...
Originally Posted by aysiu
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Thanks for the clarification. I don't know much about partitions. I just know you can definitely have three or more OSes on one hard drive. My hard drive is 160 GB.
i also heard about making seperate partitions for directories like / , /home, /tmp, /var....
what is the deal with that?
I tried it when installing FC4 and mandriva... it seemed to work fine...
also, while installing, will i have to specify the swap partition the distros should use? since last time i told mandriva to install into free space and it created it's own swap... bad, mandriva. bad.
and perhaps i'm mistaken, but isn't one of the primary partitions used when you make logical volumes?
does anyone have answers to my previous post?
and does anyone have any general tips on installing several distros?
General tips, you can use the same swap for multiple distributions, having a separate /home/ partition can be good, particularly if you want to share it or you just want extra safety in case you have to reinstall the OS (that way you don't have to wipe your /home/ partition, just point the new OS to it.)
As for the logical/primary partitioning thing... I honestly don't know. I usually don't have that many partitions on one drive.Registered Linux user #270181
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so I'm clear... someone correct me if I'm wrong. Swap partition can be shared between multiple installs of linux - OK got that. what about /boot and /home? For example, could you use the same /boot, swap and /home for 3 versions of linux and have a hdd partitioned like this:
| /boot | swap | /home | / (FC4) | / (Debian) | / (Ubuntu) |