Partition map for dual boot - Ubuntu/OpenSuSE
Hello fellow Linux Peoples - and Welcome to my first post!
OK - I'm basically an OS X guy but I've been facinated with Linux for a long time. I just started taking these online UNIX/Linux classes at UCONN so I'm pretty new to the whole deal but actively learning. Here's what I want to do:
I have this 5 year old PC laptop and I want to be able to boot it with either OpenSuSE or Ubuntu. Acutally I'd like to be able to put more distros on too. It's got a 40GB hard drive so I was thinking it would be cool to have a coulple of different linuxes on there so I could try them out. Windows will not be involved. So how do I partition the hard drive for this? There must be stuff on the web instructing how to do this, but I can't find anything useful. Thank you!
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But I'm starting to get the idea. Before I was attempting to completely partition the hard drive first. As noted I will instead do Gparted. (I'm burning the .iso now.)
Additionally I will create separate /boot and /home partitions for each distro but all will share the same swap partition.
I am curious though. My understanding is that PC hard drives can only be partitioned into four primary partitions. The last of which must me an extended partition with logical partitions in it and that parititions within the extended partition are not bootable. How can one install 4 or more distros along with XP and who knows what else? Do I have bad information? How does this all work?
Learing a lot. Confused a lot too.
I think I am going to do the XP on the first partition thing that everybody seems to do. So I'll do that first on a 9 GB primary partition and then leave the rest of the HD as a free space extended partition as you instruct. In one of your posts, Casper, you then say:
install any distro, select unpartitioned/free space... let it propose partition structure.... dont accept, click back and create manually... 12 GB root, 650 MB SWAP.... nothing to do in Boot Loader section, dual boot is default
OK then, but why when I install Ubuntu does it defaut to a min 2 GB /root partition, xx GB /home partition and a RAM X 2 = xGB Swap partition? I'm confused about having 2 partitions per distro (/boot and /home) and to share the swap, but then your recommendation to do 12GB root with 650 MB swap per partition.
Maybe I'm just totally confused about what " / ", " /boot " and " /home " and mount points are. Can anyone help?! How do these mounts points change when there is more than one distro involved?