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setting up grub for multiple boot machine

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:11 pm
by sfh1975
friends,
i have a triple boot machine (XP, Ubuntu and Debian), but I want to test more distros. Problem is that my HDD space is limited. I know its possible to install linux on USB-HDD. But what would be the best strategy, should i edit the grub on main machine and point to the installations on the USB HDD or should i install grub on the USB HDD separately? In either case, can you provide some guidelines?
Thanks in advance,
Faisal

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:05 pm
by lambda
you could download and use vmware server. it's free.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:13 pm
by sfh1975
lambda wrote:you could download and use vmware server. it's free.


Thanks, I will try that but I guess it must have limited functionality than an actual install. Do you or any other friend has experience with that? Does it work fine? I have a duo core with 1 giga ram so i guess speed wont be an issue.
thanks,

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:26 pm
by lambda
sfh1975 wrote:Thanks, I will try that but I guess it must have limited functionality than an actual install.
you won't be able to play 3d games in it. that's about it.

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:15 am
by sfh1975
lambda wrote:
sfh1975 wrote:Thanks, I will try that but I guess it must have limited functionality than an actual install.
you won't be able to play 3d games in it. that's about it.

No problem, I dont need that. BTW, I tried but couldnt get VMWare working, now trying VMBox or something like that.

vm ware

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:13 pm
by x2oxen
use vm ware for this.

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:54 am
by sameer666
hi

to be honest there is no need to test all the distro, as the basic principle structure is same, but there are subtle difference which in my humble opinion wouldn't provide u a great learning curve. better to build you knowledge for one and when it start to makes sense then u can chose or experiment which one suits u, ubuntu is a great distro stick with it.

Multiple Distro

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:25 am
by x2oxen
Well in my opinion we should give a try to all of them and then decide with which one we should stick. No Doubt Ubuntu is a real good one

Re: Multiple Distro

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:52 am
by sameer666
x2oxen wrote:Well in my opinion we should give a try to all of them and then decide with which one we should stick. No Doubt Ubuntu is a real good one


sorry to disagree slightly, imho they are all have the same base line same gnu commands, same gnome/kde/xfce/enlightment/compiz/compiz-fusion n most of all same kernel. they do differ how they are installed how packagement is done, etc.

Re: Multiple Distro

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:43 am
by sfh1975
sameer666 wrote:
x2oxen wrote:Well in my opinion we should give a try to all of them and then decide with which one we should stick. No Doubt Ubuntu is a real good one


sorry to disagree slightly, imho they are all have the same base line same gnu commands, same gnome/kde/xfce/enlightment/compiz/compiz-fusion n most of all same kernel. they do differ how they are installed how packagement is done, etc.


Aren't rpm-based different from debian based? What about bsd? I have no idea, frankly. I only use ubuntu and debian while virtually tested fedora, and installed puppy on an old pc but dont use it.

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:51 am
by lambda
bsd isn't linux.