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jpeery
November 21st, 2008, 06:09 PM
Hey all, I have a dual boot system, Windows (sadly) and Ubuntu, was wondering how difficult it would be to put a third distro (CentOS) on there? Can grub handle it? Anyone can point me to some how-to's?
Thanks,
Jason

indytim
November 21st, 2008, 06:21 PM
No problem (I'm using 4 different Linux versions/distro's + Win2k). My suggestion is to create your new partition(s) for the new distro before installing. Remember to use a common /swap. Identify the new partition(s) when you build your new ops.

Depending upon which distro you select to install, you may have to do some tuning on the bootloader. I try to stay with a GRUB boot loader across everything that I use.

IndyTim

Miljet
November 21st, 2008, 06:50 PM
This can be easily done. I've found it helpful to make a copy of your existing /boot/grub/menu.lst file before beginning. Anytime you install another distro, it will install its own GRUB. I keep my GRUB on a bootable floppy. Then I can modify the menu.lst to add the new distro.

The best how-to on GRUB that I have found is here:
http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/

jpeery
November 21st, 2008, 08:30 PM
Yeah, I just learned that by mistake, now I can't get back to my main OS (Ubuntu). Looks like I've got some fooling to do

bodhi.zazen
November 21st, 2008, 08:53 PM
This thread has a number of community suggestions :

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=724817

jpeery
November 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM
This thread has a number of community suggestions :

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=724817

Ah, that's just what I was looking for, thanks!
JP

bodhi.zazen
November 21st, 2008, 09:20 PM
Ah, that's just what I was looking for, thanks!
JP

You are most welcome. Several community members contributed to that thread.