A question on installing - FC5 32bit and M$Win2000

Matthew Saltzman mjs at ces.clemson.edu
Mon Apr 24 11:50:31 UTC 2006

On Sun, 23 Apr 2006, Mauriat Miranda wrote:

> On 4/23/06, Matthew Saltzman <mjs at ces.clemson.edu> wrote:
>>> 1) installing Win2000 first OR FC5_32 first
>> Installing Win2K first is recommended, although the other way around is
>> also possible.  Note that Win's boot disk and /boot must be primary
>> partitions.
> To add, a /boot partition is not required. Linux can boot from either
> a primary partition or a logical partition.

Hmm.  I didn't know GRUB could boot from a logical partition.

But grub can't boot from an LVM logical volume.  I (and the FC5 installer) 
generally put everything possible in an LVM except for a small /boot 
partition (though I have more separate partitions in the LVM than the 
installer's default).  That way, I can resize filesystems easily later on.

>>> 2) would their installation affect each another, i.e. the latter
>>> install OS will influence the first OS already installed.
>> The only thing you really need to worry about is the MBR.  What I do on
>> dual-boot machines is install the Linux boot loader in the boot record of
>> the /boot partition.  After the install and before first boot, I use the
>> rescue disk to run fdisk and make /boot the active partition.  That way,
>> the disk's MBR is always under Windows's control, and the two OS's don't
>> have to fight about it.
> Or an alternative is to use the NT boot loader (NTLDR).
> ps. Don't forget about your SWAP partition.
> -Mauriat

 		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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