View Full Version : A grub menu booting 100+ systems of Dos, Windows, Linux, BSD and Solaris

February 12th, 2006, 12:19 PM

why does one need so many OSes?:-k

October 4th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Hmm.. Take me for example. I using windows for plaing. FreeBSD, NetBSD and linux professioaly. And Solaris 10 for education... I'll like to learn it.

October 4th, 2006, 06:17 PM
you're still off by 90-some :D

October 4th, 2006, 06:56 PM

why does one need so many OSes?:-k

Yes, but the question remains, why?!

PS This ís quite an old post..... but still 'interesting' :-)

October 4th, 2006, 07:01 PM
I saw this a while ago, I think he did it just because he could.
Many people after the first success install one distro after another for some reason, maybe got obsessed with repairing broken stuff.
He just kept them.

October 4th, 2006, 07:10 PM
I think I've seen this at least twice before if not four or five. I guess he just likes to tinker and problem solve, like a true hacker :p.

October 4th, 2006, 08:06 PM
One of the amazing things is that he uses *only* 4 disks.

4 disks used

Disk 1 = hda 300Gb IDE with 60 partitions
Disk 2 = hdc 200Gb IDE with 54 partitions
Disk 3 = sda 200Gb Sata with 15 partitions
Disk 4 = sdb 200Gb Sata with 15 partitions

Keeping track of all of them...

Lord Illidan
October 4th, 2006, 08:13 PM
One of the amazing things is that he uses *only* 4 disks.

Keeping track of all of them...

I have probs with my 160 gb 5 partition disk!!!

October 4th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Quite impressive, suppose it is a good way of keeping every installation for personal satisfacation.

Any more then 2 or 3 and I would be to confused on which to boot

October 4th, 2006, 08:51 PM
After a cursory read of the posts at the provided link, it is my understanding that he did this for the following reasons:
1) as a way of learning Linux and how various bootloaders function
2) because various distros had unique features that were unlike others that were already installed
3) as an accumulation of junk
4) to prove that a new user to the Linux realm could indeed accomplish this task
5) to learn the limitations of various drives (PATA, SATA, etc.)
6) to test the limitations of GRUB and other bootloaders
7) to aid others in learning how to dual-boot, tri-boot, and multi-boot their systems
...and finally, because he liked tinkering with his computer and saw no need to remove older operating systems

He said it was an effort that took 18 months. And that he has an engineering background. His background certainly proved useful as he 'compiled/condensed/organized' everything to 4 disks. Needless to say, I was very, very impressed. And yet, despite my astonishment and the general wow-factor that he summoned and willed within myself, I'm happy to say that I am completely comfortable with my dual-boot multi-drive Ubuntu/XP setup. But knowing that it's possible to achieve what he achieved and getting a run-down of exactly how he did it will prove useful in the future if/when I find the need to do something similar. I consider his endeavor worthwhile in the sense others may find use from it as well.

Old Pink
October 4th, 2006, 09:01 PM
Me and GRUB have had our fights... first GRUB won, then I won. :P

It'd take alot of patience and determination to get that setup, good on him. :)

October 4th, 2006, 09:16 PM
We such a high number, it's like going to an OS exhibition.

October 5th, 2006, 06:04 PM
just because something can be done, doesn't mean you should do it.

October 6th, 2006, 12:16 AM
That's good advice, but that's not what the writer was trying to get across to people. Did you read the article?

October 6th, 2006, 12:24 AM
:oops: :oops: :oops: nope