Help building a mega-multi-boot system
I've got a bit of linux exp as I've done a couple of Mandriva installs - one even a simple dual boot
I now want to build a system to run XP and several flavors of linux for testing and learning on. I've built a system using an Intel 945 MB and a 3GHz Intel cpu. I've got a 100GB SATA drive (C:/) dedicated to XP Pro. Next is to drop in a second 160GB SATA drive for the linux partitions --- Ideally I'd like to switch between Redhat - SUSE - Mandriva - maybe UnButu (?) desktop loads -- and maybe a server version of a couple of those distis.
So first question is the boot manager --- are there any clearly better boot managers built into these distis that can manage all the partitions - or do I need a 3rd party boot manager --- key here is KEEP IT SIMPLE AND ROBUST.
So in a way I'm asking which disti should I load first as it will be the boot manager. Help is needed here
Second - I've got a fairly new Nvidia PCI-Express video card sitting here - I've been considering installing it (easy on XP) - but I'm not planning on doing any heavy gaming or 3D --- are there going to be hassles on the linux side ? Should I just stick to Intel chipset graphics ??
Lastly of course is SATA --- the MB I have easily loaded Mandriva - and the BIOS has a setting to treat (config ?) SATA as IDE --- I assume this should remove any driver issues around SATA on the other flavors of Linux
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOU HELP !!!!!!