Running Fedora 8 side-by-side with Fedora 7

Timothy Murphy gayleard at
Sat Feb 23 12:44:20 UTC 2008

Chris G wrote:

> Are there any problems or issues with running a dual boot system with
> both Fedora 8 and Fedora 7?
> I currently have Fedora 7 (/, /usr, /var, etc) on one disk (/boot is on
> the same disk) and /home on a separate disk.
> I'm aiming to add a third disk and install Fedora 8 on that one using
> the same /home as Fedora 7 does.
> I believe the new installation should find the existing /boot and
> simply add itself into the grub installation there, is this right?
> I am then aiming to migrate customisations across from Fedora 7 to
> the Fedora 8 installation and when it's all working OK I will move
> across completely.

I think that is a perfectly reasonable approach.
I have followed it several times.

I would advise to make a copy of /etc/grub.conf in case it gets deleted.
Also of course make sure you _don't_ format /boot during installation.
Personally, I always partition a new disk with fdisk before installation,
and go to Custom Installation (not quite the right name)
rather than using the default DiskDruid, which I don't like or trust.
(Does anyone?)

Timothy Murphy  
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