[TriLUG] Multiple versions of Linux
Vestal, Roy L.
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 14:06:26 -0500
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Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Multiple versions of Linux
I am very interested in the multi distro setup discussed eariler on this
list and documented by Ed Hill here:
I haven't done it, but I definately like the idea. I used to swap hard
drives in and out using IDE trays like these:
I had a main drive I normally worked on, and a couple 1G-3G older drives
to swap in to try things out with.
quotation from John Matthews <email@example.com> [on 020325 13:49]:
> Yes, you can install several versions of Linux on the same box, and it
> is quite easy. My recent example is that I bootstrapped from source a
> Gentoo Linux install on my laptop (looooooooong compile) and then
> installed the latest Red Hat beta right alongside it.
> /dev/hda1 /boot 64Mb
> /dev/hda2 swap 320Mb
> /dev/hda3 extended
> /dev/hda5 /home (shared) ~700Mb
> /dev/hda6 / (for Gentoo) 2.0Gb
> /dev/hda7 / (for Red Hat) 1.9Gb
> I told the newer distribution (in this case, Red Hat) to install its
> files on /boot but don't overwrite the bootloader I had already
> installed (in this case grub from Gentoo). Then, after installing Red
> Hat, I rebooted into Gentoo and edited my menu.lst to include the new
> Red Hat kernel. After doing this, a reboot and I was right into my Red
> Hat install. Both distros are using a common /home structure, which
> could cause problems if I'm not careful, but luckily both have about the
> same version of GNOME and the same set of applications.
> I've been quite pleased with the results so far.
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