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Hi can someone advise. I currently have Mandrake 9 setup on my drive> I have plenty of space. But I want to load on Redhat as a trial as I have never tried it before and now have a copy I do not have Windows on the drive. I have previously set up Mandrake and windows98 and that worked fine using Lilo However how do you load two linux distributions ? Loading Red Hat does not seem to allow me to set it up ?? Also do you need to have Two swap partitions or can the 2 distributions use ...

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    Default Running two distributions ??

    Hi can someone advise.
    I currently have Mandrake 9 setup on my drive> I have plenty of space.
    But I want to load on Redhat as a trial as I have never tried it before and
    now have a copy
    I do not have Windows on the drive.

    I have previously set up Mandrake and windows98 and that worked fine using
    Lilo
    However how do you load two linux distributions ? Loading Red Hat does not
    seem to allow me to set it up ??
    Also do you need to have Two swap partitions or can the 2 distributions use
    the same one. (I am not trying to run TWO dists at once just one at a time)?
    Any advice would be most welcome
    Many thanks in advance for any suggestions supplied.
    Trev


    Trev Guest

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    Trev wrote:
     

    .... i've got a box with 23 OS's on it and this one has,
    i forget now, 7 or 8, so it's not a prob.

    to load another distro, slap its CD in the drive and boot up.
    one caveat though, some older distros may not offer the
    capability to resize partitions, so be forwarned. i use the
    same swap partition for all my *nix systems.
    ..
    --
    /// Michael J. Tobler: motorcyclist, surfer, skydiver, \\\
    \\\ and author: "Inside Linux", "C++ HowTo", "C++ Unleashed" ///
    All the waters of the earth are in the armpit of the Great Frog.
    -- R. Crumb

    mjt Guest

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    Trev <co.nz> wrote: 

    Hi,
    what you want to do is easily possible, _but_:
    You have Mandrake installed and want to check out RH?
    Well, IMHO those two distris are very similar.
    Check out Slackware, Debian or LFS instead ;-)

    Regards, Frank

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    so there's no gain in using a threaded news reader.
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    Frank Guest

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    On Thu, 30 Oct 2003 23:31:34 +1300,
    Trev <co.nz> wrote: 
    Assuming you left space to install it, or you use the appropriate tools
    to resize your partitions and share a swap partition. Install RH to
    your selected partition - when asked about the boot loader tell it to
    use lilo and install to your root partition or floppy.

    After you finish - reboot, start mandrake, and mount your RH partition.

    mkdir /rh
    mount -t ext2 /dev/hda7 /rh #use whatever partition you used for RH \
    obviously.
    vi /rh/etc/lilo.conf /etc/lilo.conf

    find the stanza that launches RedHat, copy it to a buffer ("ay6y), goto
    next file (:n), paste in stanza section ("ap). Modify label, (you can't
    have two that say linux), edit the paths for RH to include the path
    where they are mounted now. Write the file and run /sbin/lilo.

    The vi commands shown above may help someone who isn't comfortable with
    vi yet, if you're scared of vi the intent should be clear anyhow. I
    have no idea if the stanza is 6 lines as shown in my example as I
    haven't used RH since 7.2.

    HTH,

    Michael C.
    --
    com http://mcsuper5.freeshell.org/
    Registered Linux User #303915 http://counter.li.org/


    Michael Guest

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