View Full Version : [ubuntu] Booting 5 OSes? Is this possible?

June 29th, 2009, 09:56 AM
I wish to setup on the same hard disk (500GB):

Ubuntu 9.04 (64 bit)
Debian 5.01 (64 bit)
MS Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit)
MS Windows 98 (32 bit)
MS Windows XP (32 bit)

I want to allocate 50GB for each.

1) Is this possible?
2) How do I setup grub (or lilo) to do this?
3) What order do I install each?
4) How should I handle setting up the partitions?
5) Any special tips?


June 29th, 2009, 10:11 AM
1) Yes.

2) Just as usual, for your gnu/linux systems you specify which root partition to use with either root (hd?,?) or uuid ?... and also you supply root=/dev/???? to the kernels. For the windows installations you use something called chainloading. I don't have any working configuration on me right now but it's nothing unusual so you should be able to find it in the manual.

3) I think you should consentrate on getting the Windows installations working first (you need to get the windows boot manager to work for all 3 systems).

4) You need to have the windows partitions as at the first three partitions. And then put the gnu/linux related stuff in the extended partition table.

June 29th, 2009, 10:16 AM
Yes this is possible. You should install the operatin systems in this order: Win 98, Win XP, Win Vista, Debian, Ubuntu (first to last)

You may have to edit your bootloader configuration file afterwards if some operating systems don't work.

June 29th, 2009, 10:17 AM
good luck let us know how it goes:)

June 29th, 2009, 11:15 AM
You can do this. Windows must be installed on a disk with the msdos disk label, which allows for a maximum of 4 primary partitions. Windows must be installed on a primary partition, so I would recommend the following installation order: Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Debian, and finally, Ubuntu.
Debian and Ubuntu must be installed within an extended partition (create 2+ logical partitions within the extended partition).