dual boot system

Bruce Marshall bmarsh at bmarsh.com
Thu Aug 16 00:02:04 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 15 August 2007, Robert Schlueter wrote:
> I've been using Ubuntu for about a month now. I left ms windows on the
> system in a much smaller partition, mainly because it is the only way I
> can use my hp scanner or lexmark printer. But I have 500GB for Ubuntu
> and that is more than I need. My question is, is it possible to run more
> than two OS's on one computer? I'd like to experiment with other Linux
> distros.

Yes...   and here is a *suggested* way to partition:   (c'mon folks, it's only 
a suggestion)

1)  make a 2GB partition  for   /home.  This *could* be used by all distros 
but you might run into problems if the KDE/Gnome versions differ between 
distros.   I would also make a /homebak  partition to backup your /home when 

2) Make a  1GB  swap partition.   This can be used between distros.

3) Make each distro '/' partition about 10GB  or maybe even 15GB   That should 

4) Make a 80mb /boot partition for each distro.

So really, for each distro you only need to have two unique  partitions....  
the /boot and the '/'.

There are 1,000 ways to do it; this is only one suggestion but it makes it 
realatively easy to do and to manage.

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