grub questions for multi-boot system
I am sure there's enough install, multiboot and grub questions but here's yet another one.
I hope it sparks enough interest to obtain some replies. ;)
The concern is regarding grub legacy and grub 2. Which one should I use? I want to multiboot XP, Fedora 12, Debian and maybe one or two other distros (including Mandriva 2010). I also might have one of the distros using VirtualBox.
Thinkpad T41, IDE 160 GB HDD, ATI RV250 Mobility Radeon 9000 video card, Intel 2200bg wifi card
Operating Systems: XP, Debian, Mandriva, Fedora
I'm not sure whether to just install as regular with the last distro installed controlling the boot loader with its grub.
Or, alternatively, having a separate dedicated grub partition. I've done that before but I was using the grub 1 or grub legacy version. Should I skip grub 2? Don't some distros now use grub 2?
I'm confused so please recommend a strategy and procedure applicable to my desired situation if possible. I have read the grub wiki including the grub 2 wiki. I downloaded Super Grub Disk although I'm not sure I should use it. I have at my disposal some live CDs including Ubuntu and System Rescue CD. I also have some instructions of setting up a grub partition although I'm a bit rusty on the details. But, I'm really clueless here, I admit, on whether I should use grub 2 or stay with grub legacy. What are the implications of using either?
Please recommend!!! :confused:
Multibooting with editing GRUB
I think it will be better not to confuse much about GRUB legacy and GRUB 2. You can do the following. First you install Windows XP, leaving some space for other OS's in the HDD. Next you install a latest Linux OS that you have with you. You have to make partitions for root and swap only. It will be better to make /home partition only for one OS which you like to spend more time in. All other OS will have a /home partition within the root partition. Install GRUB of the first OS to MBR. From the next OS onwards install GRUB on the same partition of that OS.
ie.(hd0,5),(hd0,6) etc... For other installations swap partition can shared by the first one. Only a root partition is enough for all of them.
After each installation of new OS you boot into the first linux installation and edit its GRUB.
Add the following after other boot options.
title <Name of the new OS>
root (hdX,Y) where X is the HDD No. (0,1 etc.) and Y is the No. of the partition of new OS (5,6,7 etc.)
Now reboot the system. You can see the new OS's option in the GRUB and You can get into the GRUB of new OS.
I didn't worked with Virtual Box. So I can't comment on this. Sorry....