Idea of installing several distros: SAFE?
Hello. I have an HD with Windows and is FAT32 formated, and I'll get a second HD (120GB) on which I want to do the following:
- hdb1: 60GB for my files (could be ext3, since I use that Windows software who makes reading/writing over ext3 possible; but I'd make it FAT32 without a problem).
- hdb2: 1GB /boot partition. Yes, quite big for it, but I'd like to have a small distro installed there (Damn Small Linux maybe) just in case I run into problems on the other linux root partitions.
- hdb3: 1.5GB swap: obvious thing needed.
- hdb4: 15GB /opt partition: so I can install software in there to have common use between my linux distros.
- hdb5: about 15GB to install and run K/Ubuntu.
- hdb6: about 15GB to install Arch Linux.
- hdb7: about 10GB to test random linux distros.
I don't realy need a /home partition, as my peronal files will all be in hdb1.
Is this a good setup? :D Ideas, thoughts? Is it SAFE?
I already use Ubuntu (Dapper) on my slave HD which will get retired as soon as I get the new HD.
Now, a question... Yes, I can boot from Ubuntu LiveCD and do the formating and partitioning I want, before starting the "fun". Noting that I have Windows installed (hda1) and want to keep it, what is the best order to install my stuff? Arch first (with /boot on hdb2), then DSL then Ubuntu? Or does the order realy matter anyway?
GRUB should also be installed on hdb2 (ie: hd1,1)?
Any comments are more than welcome, by the way. Not only regarding install tips but also my idea.
Thank you all for the patience!