Partitioning for Multiple Linux Distros Query

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Plymouth, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. Plymouth

    Plymouth New Member

    I initially mutlibooted Linux with Windows, and then after gaining confidence, took GREAT pleasure in wiping the Windows crud from my hard disc:D , and giving it over entirely to Debian Linux.

    However, I'd now like to experiment with some of the other distros, whilst keeping Debian (rock solid), but am unclear as to how I should partition my hard disc for this.

    Would some kind soul please advise me on this?

    TIA

    Tony
     
  2. martinfst

    martinfst HowtoForge Supporter

    Either partition your disk (you should have reserved some room in your disk before installing Debian) or perhaps even better is to use a virtualisation option with Xen or VMWare (others exist also).

    The latter has the advantage you don't have to reinstall the original distro.

    If you have used the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) to setup partitions, you might be able to use that, but I believe you just started, so I'd advise to stick to some available howto's. :)
     
  3. nayyares

    nayyares New Member

    Hello,

    Better would be to left the Free space as it is, unprtitioned and when you install new distro use the installed partition tool to make new partions, it is simple and reliable.

    thanks
     
  4. Plymouth

    Plymouth New Member

    Apologies: I didn't provide enough information...

    Sorry, I should have stated that my ENTIRE hard disc is currently given over to Debian, with the partition layout being as follows...

    /
    /dev/shm
    /home
    /tmp
    /usr
    /var

    So I need to shrink at least one of these partitions. Would different distros share the same /tmp partition? What about the other partitions?

    TIA
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2007
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator

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