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Multi-Linux Boot

Hi
I am interested in putting multiple versions of Linux on one HD.
I use Redhat, Mandrake and Suse, each with different kernel versions and for different uses.
I want to know if it is possible to put all 3 versions together on 1 HD. I would imagine that I could have them share /boot and /swap, possibly /home.
I should be able to access them through Lilo or Grub.
Can anyone give me some guidance or let me know where I can find more information.

Cheers
Paul
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dorwardCommented:
Sharing swap and /home shouldn't cause any problems.

I'd suggest having seperate boot partitions for each.

As each is likely to want to configure the bootloader  itself, I suggest you either:

(a) Install the bootloader (lilo or grub) to the /boot partition for that install (I have a feeling frub can't do this), except for the last one which you can install to the MBR and then configure to start the bootloaders of the other installed distros.

OR

(b) Install the bootloader to the MBR, note down the settings in the config file for it, then merge the settings on one distro and use that distro to configure the bootloader for all systems.
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LamerSmurfCommented:
Hey brooksp,

just found a few useful links for info.

basic example of Lilo:
http://www.linuxpowered.com/archive/mini/Multiboot-with-LILO-3.html
Basic example of grub:
http://www.magnux.org/doc/howto/en/mini/Multiboot-with-GRUB.php

/Lamer
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