MacOS, WinXP, Vista, Linux on MacBookPro. With Grub Hiding -- How?
First off, to give you an idea where I'm coming from, I'm running dual independent WinXP installs using Grub hiding, plus linux distros on my desktop right now.
HowTo: Multiple, Independent WinXP Installs on the Same HardDrive via Grub
I really like Grub's hiding option as I can quarantine my dual WinXP installs and prevent them from messing up each other. One install is used for uni work and the family, the other is my sandbox if you will.
Getting in a MacBook Pro though, and thanks to EFI no longer can I just let Grub run the show. :(
A loose I idea of the hard drive setup I'd like, in Linux nomenclature. 250GB Scorpio or Spinpoint M, should be enough room.
hda1 - MacOS 30GB
hda2 - WinXP 30GB \___ on the fly partition hiding between these two (see link if I'm not clear)
hda3 - Vista 32GB /
hda5 - Linux Swap 3GB
hda6 - Universial Fat32 Partition 500MB-- small partition for univeral bits like Firefox profile
hda7 - Linux 15GB
hda8 - Linux 12GB
Virtual installs via VMWare Fusion in OSX:
hda9 - WinXP 25GB, Vista 27GB, Linux 15GB = 67GB
Remaining space used as universal Fat32 Storage partition:
hda10 40GB or so of universally accessed Fat32 storage
(may just combine hda9 and hda10 though)
I would love to add a WinXP sandbox to the list, but as you can see there isn't a primary partition available for it. Not sure if anyone here knows how to run WinXP on a logical or if it can even be done.
Well, can it be done? My desktop is pretty easy. Just install WinXP, hiding it via Grub or via cfdisk (and chaning the partition type to hiddenNTFS) and then installing WinXP again on the second partition. But this MacBook Pro config looks like it's going to be on a whole new level.
My hunch is I could use BootCamp with two options, MacOSX or Grub, and then upon selecting the Grub option, I can select from the list of WinOSes and Linuxes avaiable.
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Dual,independant WinXP installs via Grub hiding, VectorLinux 5.1.1SOHO, 5.8SOHO.