Triple-boot? -- XP Pro/ubuntu [or kubuntu]/Mandriva

Olaf Stein stein.175 at
Mon Jan 30 20:58:35 UTC 2006

In the end you need to pat attention to 2 things

- your partitions
- the bootloader

For the partitions just make sure that you have enough free space on the
harddrive. And partition it when the ubuntu installtion gets to that point.

I assume that you current bootloader is whatever mandriva uses (or windows
in the worst case). You would have to let that bootoader know that there is
a third OS to boot. As I have never used mandriva I do not know what
bootloader it uses and what interfaces it has to configure it.

It is probably easier to let ubuntu take care of this. If I recall correctly
it tells you what other oprating systems are installed/found and will be
added to the list of bootable systems before installing the bootloader.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of john levin
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 12:53 PM
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Subject: Re: Triple-boot? -- XP Pro/ubuntu [or kubuntu]/Mandriva

Chuck Mattsen wrote:
> I currently have a dual-boot XP Pro/Mandriva cooker setup, but I want 
> to install Ubuntu (or Kubuntu) while leaving both XP and Mdv intact.  
> I've searched around, and see scattered references here and there to 
> setting up a triple-boot setup, but nothing [yet] that's dumbed-down 
> enough for me, as I tend to freak out when it comes to the lower-level 
> stuff like partitioning, file systems, manually modifying lilo, etc.
> Anyone have a pointer/URL to a decent, basic walk-through for setting 
> up a triple-boot? (Keeping in mind that my skills and knowledge are 
> rather limited and basic.)  FWIW, if it helps point me in the right 
> direction, my current disk usage/setup is:
>         hda1    NTFS            XP Pro          14 GB
>         empty   unformatted     empty           9.7 GB
>         hda5    ext3            / (Mandriva)    5.8 GB
>         hda6    swap            swap (")        499 MB
>         hda7    ext3            /home (")       6.5 GB

Just boot from the Ubuntu install cd, taking care to read the screen when it
comes to partitioning. There should be a 'use empty space' 
option, and that's where Ubuntu will install itself. I believe it will also
spot and use the swap partition (as swap, natch), and should detect the
Mandriva install, although I can't vouch for that. It'll certainly find the
WinXP partition. (The only time I have had two linux installs on one drive
was dual booting dapper and breezy.)

You may want the two linuxes to share the home partition, although 9.7gb is
more than enough for ubuntu with kde and lots more besides, if you do that.



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