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

g geleem at
Fri Nov 25 20:24:29 UTC 2011

On 11/25/2011 04:38 PM, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On 11/25/2011 05:04 PM, g wrote:

>> years back when i started playing with slackware linux, i still had oos
>> installed and used an oos master boot loader.

change that to 'master boot loader written for oos'.

> Yeah, I recall similar incidents many years ago. I don't recall the 
> details, but wasn't there some HW/BIOS limitation (LBA?) ?

i believe this is correct. oos was behind, as usual.

> At least I haven't seen this happening for ca. a decade.

everyone catches up with time. ;)

>> my partitioning was similar to what you show, with a swap for each distrib,
>> but only 1 master boot partition.
> This will only work if the distros sharing their boot partition are 
> similar enough and if these distros do not change their bootloaders.

true, and i believe what grub2 is still in a development stage.

another reason i hope fedora will stay with early grub until grub2 devs
get it 'spit and polish' ready.

> History tells, you can get away with such a set up for some time, but in 
> longer terms, one distro will trash the others' setup.

aka, 'pecking order'. 8-D


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