Running Fedora 8 side-by-side with Fedora 7

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sun Feb 24 04:51:47 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 think I tried that once, or to be accurate I tried to try that once. 
The other version blew away some splash screens and other stuff in 
/boot, so backup is in order. I currently dual boot x86 and x86_64 by 
hand copying a few stanzas of each boot file from to the other 
grub.conf, and that does work.

> 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.
Beware that applications save stuff in hidden directories in /home, then 
a new version may change the format or content of the files and make 
both versions unhappy. There are various solutions, if anyone wants to 
discuss I'll give details. Note - this may or may not be an issue, but 
you do want to be aware of it.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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