Will I encounter problems installing? (Grub, Debian, Windows)

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sun Aug 19 23:24:25 UTC 2012

On 19 August 2012 21:17, Ric Moore <wayward4now at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 08/19/2012 08:43 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
>> On 19 August 2012 13:20, Gary <listgj-ubuntu at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>>> I'm looking at installing Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bit), but I already have
>>> Debian and MS Windows installations (dual boot, GRUB bootloader) on the
>>> system. I'm quite happy to (actually I would like to) kill off the Debian
>>> installation, but need to keep Windows. If I do a standard Ubuntu install
>>> will I get problems? If I need to do something special to avoid any
>>> problems, what should I do? Thanks in advance.
>> Should work fine.
>> The newest, i.e. most-recently-installed, GRUB - Ubuntu's  - will take
>> over managing the boot sequence. Debian's will be inactivated but
>> Debian's GRUB menu entries will be added into Ubuntu's boot menu.
>> You can share a swap partition, no problem, and if you have a separate
>> /home partition for Debian then you can just use a different username
>> and share the same /home filesystem between the 2 distros as well.
> What about the dot-config files?? I think that would go bust. Ric

No, like I said, *if you use a separate username* then no worries.

On my machines, one distro uses /home/lproven and the other uses
/home/liam. If there's a third then it's /home/liamproven or
/home/liam11 or something. No problem at all.

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