[installation]dual boot with Mandrake for test

Daniel Moyne dmoyne at tiscali.fr
Thu Jan 27 10:34:37 UTC 2005

Le lundi 24 Janvier 2005 17:35, Paul Howarth a écrit :
> Moyne Daniel wrote:
> > Le Lundi 24 Janvier 2005 13:40, Paul Howarth a écrit :
> >>>- can I select either mandrake or fedora distribution at boot : possibly
> >>>with lilo bootloader,
> >>
> >>When the FC3 installer asks you to select where to install the
> >>bootloader, tell it to install grub in the partition you're installing
> >>FC3 to (rather than the MBR). Your computer will boot only into Mandrake
> >>at this point but you should be able to configure your existing Mandrake
> >>bootloader, whether it be LILO or grub, to boot Fedora too. Simply
> >>chain-load the grub loader from the Fedora partition, just the same as
> >>how you would boot Windows if it was installed in the Fedora partition.
> >
> > Paul, can I use also lilo rather than grub on the FC3 partition that I
> > know better ?
> Yes, you can use LILO if you prefer (I believe so anyway; I use grub
> myself). However, given that you are trying out a new distribution, why
> not also try out a new bootloader? It need not be installed on the MBR
> as I mentioned earlier, so you could just use it to load FC3 and see
> what you think of it.
> > Now, Paul I do not know what is you feeling regarding the comparison of
> > Mandrake and Fedora ;
> I can't offer any opinion there as I have never used Mandrake.
> > you see I have bee using Mandrake since the very
> > begining of my Linux experience ; now I would like to try another
> > distribution ; I was thinking of Debian but apparently Fedora is a new
> > comer on the market that can attract me ; my opinion is that besides
> > stability what matter the most with the distribution is the capability to
> > update safely your present system ; I mean here to be able to load and
> > test something new , then to decide to keep it or not ; Debian can do
> > that ; Mandrake cannot : if you load something that does not work to go
> > back to previous stable version of you setup might be troublesome !
> I can understand this. Fedora, like Mandrake, is RPM-based, so if you do
> make an update that you don't like, it is usually possible to replace
> the updated package with an older RPM if you are familiar with using the
> rpm command.
I have installed Fedora Core 3 on different partitions than those used by 
Mandrake ; my fedora partitions are like this :
/dev/hdb1 "/"
/dev/hdb5 "/swap"
/dev/hdb7 "/usr/local"

During the installation it was proposed to me to install GRUB on "/dev/hda" 
where as far as I know I have my LILO installed to boot my Mandrake ; the I 
had to select the only option left to me : no bootloader ; after this all was 
installed smoothly onto the hereabove mentioned partitions and hopefully the 
job should not have been done in vain ; now which kind of entry do I have to 
put inseret on my LILO bootloader to switch to my Fedora at boot ? ; 
basically the way I installed my Fedora distribution is it usable ?

Daniel Moyne (Nulix)----------------------------------------------------------
Distribution : Mandrake 10.0           \\|//
kernel 2.4                            / --- \
KDE 3.2                              (' o-o ')

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