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    sam_inv NNTP User

    Default Help to do correct install

    Hi all,

    I'm looking to move more towards Linux since Vista.
    In the past I used Ubuntu and Xubuntu, but didn't like the gnome very much.

    So now I want to try KDE.

    I would like to install a multiboot to try out 3 Linux versions, since the live cd's are to the liking, but slow.

    I would like to have Vista, OpenSuse, Kubuntu and PClinuxos.(to see the difference between 64-bit Suse and Kubuntu and PClinuxOS 32-bit)

    This how I would like to work.
    1 partition Vista
    1 partition Suse
    1 partition Kubuntu
    1 partution PcLinuxOS
    1 partition wich stores all data accessible by all OS.

    Is it possible to have 1 swap for all 3 linux?
    Can I, if I wish to delete 1 or 2 OS clear the partitions and add them to the data partition?

    Anything I need to consider while or before doing this?

    Thx in advance

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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    Is it possible to have 1 swap for all 3 linux? YES

    Can I, if I wish to delete 1 or 2 OS clear the partitions and add them to the data partition?
    post result of su terminal:

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    so we can see what you have now
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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    @sam_inv
    Answers to all your questions are "Yes".

    @caf4926
    sam_inv hasn't installed them yet.
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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    I wish to delete 1 or 2 OS clear the partitions and add them to the data partition?
    I read that to suggest partitions already exist, he wants to delete them and incorporate the space to data.
    We would need to know what already exists, if anything?
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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    if you are just trying out the distros, and your CPU supports it...have you considered virtualization? You can try out the distros in virtual machines, without having to format/create partitions and all that jazz.

    Granted, an operating system running inside a virtual machine is not the same as running it on bare metal, but in my opinion, its worth the realitvly small sacrifice of speed just not have to have to mess with partitioning.

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    good luck with it
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    sam_inv NNTP User

    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    Thx for all the replies.

    I did consider VM, but I just feels better if I can test them like they would without, and this way I can keep the installation from the one (or 2) I like without having to migrate things,...

    One last question, the data partition in what do I need to format it?

    NTFS
    EXT3, ...

    It has to be readable and writable by all OS.

    (the idea is putting all kind of files on it, but also thunderbird profile and data so I have access to all my e-mail from all OS)

    Thx Sam

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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    use NTFS so windows can work with it
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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    how stable is the linux NTFS driver (in read/write mode) lately? I havent toyed with that in about 2 years.
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    Default Re: Help to do correct install

    Works just fine.
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