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    Question partitioning - multiple linux


    hi guys

    i was thinking about reinstalling my entire pc.

    i was thinking along the lines of m$ xp pro for backup (i always seem to need to capy a dll from there...) as a fat32 at the back of the hdd

    then i was thinking about going for debian testing, ubuntu feisty fawn, gentoo

    then i would also have a swap at ~2 gb and a seperate /home, so that i got the same home everywhere...

    now the thing is that i had tried to keep xp in an extended partition, but grub was not able to boot from it that way...

    so now i am wondering how i should manage this with 4 os's, swap and /home

    can linux boot even when it is in an extended partition???

    my idea is like follows:

    20gb debian primary (provides boot loader grub/lilo i dont care)
    extended with:
    20gb ubuntu
    20gb gentoo
    ~2gb swap
    150-20-20-20-20-~2=~68 /home
    20gb fat32 xp


    would i be able to boot into all systems without trouble?
    or is there a better solution?
    should i choose grub or lilo?
    is my os list good? maybe add fedora? opensuse? or ...
    how is it with installing gentoo lvl 1 without a wired network conection? i have to use ndiswrapper as of now...


    my grafics is an ati X300SE
    which one has the best support?


    thx for all answers

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    Hi Wofl,

    This won't answer all your questions but may help with some...
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    thanks, but what about the limit of 4 primary partitions???

    windows didnt work in extended, but will linux?

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    thanks, but what about the limit of 4 primary partitions???

    windows didnt work in extended, but will linux?
    Linux doesn't care about partition type. you can install it in Logical Partitions too. i have six Linux distros + Windows XP installed in SIngle Harddisk. Linux distros are installed in Extended Partition and Windows is in first Primary partition.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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