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Re: Multiple linuxes with grub and one boot partition

Cliff Avey wrote:
I've got an FC3 system build with /boot (and grub) on hda1, swap on hda2, / (root) on hda5 (extended partition) and /var on hda6. I'd like to install a separately booted FC7 on this box and add it to my main grub menu. I'm thinking the following would work, but I'd appreciate some advice if this is a reasonable way to go. I thought I'd create new hda7 and hda8 partitions for the root of the new FC7 and /var respectively and install FC7 there, with no separate partition for /boot. I'd then copy the kernel from /boot on hda7 by hand to hda1, update the grub menu on hda1, delete the /boot dir on hda7 and edit the fstab on the FC7 system to mount hda1 as /boot.

Is there a more straightforward way to accomplish this, or is this the way to do it? Alternatively, can I make the FC7 installer to add its kernel to my existing boot (hda1 partition), not reformat that partition or erase the other kernels, and not blow away my existing grub menu? Or do I really want to create a second boot partition (maybe on hda3) for FC7?

I do much as Tom describes and chainload the other versions of Linux. You basically use the advanced bootloader options when installing a new Fedora version. You choose to install it in the corresponding /dev/sdx location which the GUI advanced options should offer along with the install to MBR which i the default install location. You then add an entry in the installation which is in the MBR to chainload the installation as your primary menu.
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