Novice query: Installation Help

AP worldwithoutfences at
Thu Oct 3 12:29:36 UTC 2013

Because of such great options in existence, I have decided to play with the
hard-disk on the coming Sunday (on the day I get time).

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:41 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:

Yes. In the example, I assume you start with 3 partitions - #1, #5 &
> #6 - and later come back and add #7 for a 2nd distribution. You make
> space for #7 by shrinking #5 with GParted.

Here is a small doubt ---> The space was made in the extended by the aid of
GParted which ("the free space created") also came under extended after
creation. Could this space be made as primary partition (by making GParted
shrink the space of the already present extended partition and allocating
it as new 'primary')...?

* Boot from a LiveCD
> * Use Gparted to shrink partition #5 (/home)
> * Still in Gparted, make a new partition (#7) in the space between #5 & #6.
> * Reboot from the hard disk. Check it all still works fine. Also check
> that the partition numbers are as you expect - that #5 is home, #6 is
> swap, #7 is empty, etc.
> * Reboot from the new distro you want to install. (e.g. Mint or
> Knoppix or something). Again, check all the partitions are numbered as
> you would expect.
> * Do a _custom_ install. Pick #7 (the new partition) as / and tell it
> to format it. Pick #5 as home and tell it _not_ to format. It will
> detect swap itself.
> * Continue to install.

Very good if it works systematically but I am afraid to use it right now
only because for the user who is learning the basic installation would how
all of a sudden can install so many linuxes, though nothing is impossible
but a danger of deterioration of time is there if the hard-work goes in
vain, however, at the same time, a thrill of getting something new is
making heart and mind to try for it!

> OS X does not multi-boot with anything else. :¬)

Is it Mac?

But you don't need to worry about that unless you have drives of 2TB or
> over.

Yeah, at this stage I really don't need to think for such bigger hard-disks!

Anyway. If you have 3, 4 or more OSes on a single PC, all on a single
> drive, then it becomes worthwhile to use a separate "boot manager" so
> that no single OS controls booting.

Even suppose I have two OSes, e.g. Fedora and Ubuntu and if I have
installed Ubuntu first like using one primary and one extended and two
inside the extended. Now, if I installed Fedora in the above fashion (like
using GParted), then it won't have a separate "boot manager" or the booting
comes solely under the governance of Ubuntu which was installed as the
first OS? Or it is in our hands to make "boot manager" separately for both
and only then would they appear while booting and choosing the options
from(while the PC starts)?

> Again, this is complex and not important right now.

I agree.

> Don't worry about it.

Oh yes.

> I hope that you enjoy it!

Yes sure, and thanks.
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