partitioning - multiple linux
i was thinking about reinstalling my entire pc.
i was thinking along the lines of m$ xp pro for backup (i always seem to need to capy a dll from there...) as a fat32 at the back of the hdd
then i was thinking about going for debian testing, ubuntu feisty fawn, gentoo
then i would also have a swap at ~2 gb and a seperate /home, so that i got the same home everywhere...
now the thing is that i had tried to keep xp in an extended partition, but grub was not able to boot from it that way...
so now i am wondering how i should manage this with 4 os's, swap and /home
can linux boot even when it is in an extended partition???
my idea is like follows:
20gb debian primary (provides boot loader grub/lilo i dont care)
20gb fat32 xp
would i be able to boot into all systems without trouble?
or is there a better solution?
should i choose grub or lilo?
is my os list good? maybe add fedora? opensuse? or ...
how is it with installing gentoo lvl 1 without a wired network conection? i have to use ndiswrapper as of now...
my grafics is an ati X300SE
which one has the best support?
thx for all answers