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    Ubuntu multiboot questions

    After testing Windows 7 RC, I'm ready to remove it, but I want to use it's partition for multibooting different Ubuntu releases.

    This is my current scheme:

    /dev/sda1 ext3 /home/lovinglinux/videos
    /dev/sda2 ntfs

    /dev/sdb1 linux-swap
    /dev/sdb2 ext4 /
    /dev/sdb3 ext4 /home


    Since I already have 3 primary partitions, I will format sda2 as an extended partition and create 3 primary ext3 partitions inside it. Then I will install a different Ubuntu version on each, using the same linux-swap from sdb1, but I don't want to share the home partition between each installation. So I need to know how do I mount them.

    I'm assuming I will have to select the manual partitioning method. Can I have multiple partitions mounted as root or they will conflict with each other? Since I already have a separate partition for /home, will it be automatically mounted on every new version I install (I don't want this)? How exactly do I mount the same swap for all of them?

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    Re: Ubuntu multiboot questions

    You can have as many root partitions/filesystems as you want - but can only use one at a time.

    In the install, select the partition for root, that for /home (making sure it isn't set to be formatted), and that for swap.
    Then just proceed with the installation.
    Derek

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    Re: Ubuntu multiboot questions

    Thanks. Everything went well.

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