penta-booting hard-disk: who would administer the hard-disk office?

Alexander Volovics a.volovic at
Thu Nov 24 17:01:09 UTC 2011

On 24-11-2011 17:48, Linux Tyro wrote:
> Hi,
> As I have liked Linux (yes, I am windows convert), so with 2 GB RAM
> and 250 GB hard-disk, I am now going to make hard-disk penta boot as
> follows:-
> Fedora - 20 GB - installing it,  - /root  (20 GB)
> openSUSE - 10 GB installing with /root (10 GB)
> Ubuntu - 10 GB installing with /root (10 GB)
> Debian - 10 GB installing with /root (10 GB)
> Mint - 10 GB installing with /root (10 GB)
> /home - 190 GB (remaining space)
> In this scenario,  I have just few doubts:
> While suppose I first install Fedora, I have to use /root for 20 GB,
> /home for 190 GB (which automatically becomes Logical partition...?)
> or should I make both primary and logical other distros...?
> Similarly proceeding with all distros, and allocating space from the
> unallocated ones, okay but installed other distros would come in
> Extended...(obviously...?)
> After final installation, which distros would govern the booting menu?
> Since some may have GRUB2 and others may have GRUB Legacy, so changing
> one file might disturb the other or vice-versa? Or is it like that if
> I have installed /root (Fedora) at first, so only /boot/grub/menu.lst
> of Fedora would govern the hard-disk and the changes made in this file
> would be done automatically with other installed distros too...Trying
> this new geeky way of installation but I have no prior experience
> since earlier I had installed only two distros - Fedora dual booted
> with Windows, but now I am trying to remove Windows completely and
> installed these distros.... Any suggestions....welcome....Thanks.

Something like this is possible. But you will be making things 
needlessly difficult for yourself,

Why not just burn the live CD's so you can explore the distros
at your leisure and then choose the one you like most to work
and learn. And depending on which DE you choose Ubuntu/Mint
and Fedora/OpenSuse are not all that different.


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