Three OS in One System

Posted on 2001-06-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-27

Is it possible to install three OS ( Win98, Linux, Sun Solaris) in One Intel machine. Presently i have two OS in my System. I want to add Solaris intel based in the system.  

Can anybody help in this....
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It is entirely possible.  I have had as many as 4 (98, NT, Linux, and OS/2).  The tricky part is installing them in the right order, and in the right places on the drive.  98 and NT are picky about where they reside, but linux is not.  I am not sure about solaris.  I usually put Linux on a second disk along with OS/2, while I put 98 and NT on the first disk.

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Hi  bt74,

    It is possible to install the there OS in One machine, Win9x, Linux
and Solaris (For Intel). You can put all of them in one Hard disk, or if
you have 2 HDs, you can use the 2nd one as an extension of you OSs,
eg . use the 2nd HD as the other HD for Win9x, or other non-root file
system for Solaris, etc.

   the key point to do this thing is to use the fdisk program to partion you
primary HD, you install Win9x in you first partion, usr  the fdisk come with Win9x, to create you first partion, and then install your Win9x. then
you can install Linux, or Solaris on the 2nd partion, the order for these two OS is not important, but you need to use the fdisk program come with the OS to do the partition,  and then install the OS.


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i was unable to get solaris's boot loader to work if i put win98 on the first disk and solaris on the second.
this is what worked for me:
- partition all disks the way you want
- install win98 first on the first partition of the first drive
- install the root slice of solaris on the second parition of first drive and other slices (swap,usr...) on any other slices
- install linux on whatever partitions are left.

basically, when you create your partitions, plan out where you want each os to go.

if i was going to add solaris to a box that had win98 and linux, i would just backup whatever file i wanted to keep and try installing to see what happens.

have you already tried to install solaris?

as a gerneal rule for me, i install win os's first, then whatever else(sol,freebsd,...), then linux last.

hope this helps

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