Three Linux Operating Systems in One Computer (Is it possible?)

Tod Merley todbot88 at
Mon Sep 18 09:10:47 UTC 2006

On 9/17/06, Sameera Shaakunthala <shaakunthala at> wrote:
> Hello there,
> First, I must thank all of you for paying attention for this matter and
> posting your comments. Please read the following,
> Hard disk map of my PC is listed below:
> Hard Disk 1 19.42GiB IDE
>  /dev/hda1    Extended-3        /                 6.11GiB     Primary
> Boot
>  /dev/hda7    Memory swap                      1.10GiB     Logical
>  /dev/hda6    Extended-3       /edubuntu     6.11GiB     Logical
>  /dev/hda5    Extended-3       /redhat         6.11GiB     Logical
> Hard Disk 2 76.69GiB SATA
>  /dev/sda1    Windows NTFS    /media/sda1    14.75GiB    Primary    Boot
>  /dev/sda5    Windows NTFS    /media/sda5    16.70GiB    Logical
>  /dev/sda6    Windows NTFS    /media/sda6    16.70GiB    Logical
>  /dev/sda7    Windows NTFS    /media/sda7    16.70GiB    Logical
>  /dev/sda8    Windows NTFS    /media/sda8    11.84GiB    Logical
> The GRUB boot loader is installed on the first hard disk. If the first hard
> disk is disabled from the CMOS setup, system boots up with the second hard
> disk. (but no need to disable – GRUB takes all)
> I use Linux for educational and online purposes of my daily life. Education
> is the reason for the interest of three Linux operating systems. Although I
> am new to Linux, I need to learn them all.
> I am planning to combine /dev/hda6 with /devhda1 using the Gnome Partition
> Editor and then 'apt-get' Edubuntu desktop as Felix Miata told.
> I have following questions:
> 1. Am I on the right track?
> 2. What is the URI for Edubuntu desktop? And how about the download size?
> 3. Can I install Edubuntu desktop from the Edubuntu CD-ROM?
> 4. Is it enough only a one swap partition for all Linux operating systems?
> (shared swap) or may I have to break the swap into two partitions?
> 5. If the swap is not fully deactivated when shutting down one Linux
> operating system (say due to a power failure), would it it affect any second
> Linux OS during the second one's boot?
> 6. What are the steps I should follow next?
> 7. After all installations, will I have to edit the GRUB to make Ubuntu
> default?
> 8. Would this confuse the existing Ubuntu kernel?
> So, what do you think? What are your guesses? Is it a possible way which I
> am planning?
> Thanks.
> Regarding,
> * Sameera Shaakunthala.
> shaakunthala at
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Hi again!

I left a bit of a trap in the "poking around" section.  If you forget
the "count=1" part of the dd if=diskToRead of=outputFile you need to
do a ctl+c real fast.  It is starting at the beginning and going to
the end of the disk requested as fast as it can throw all those little
bits around.

Play carefully!


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