Dual boot openSUSE 11.1 and Sabayon 4

I am new to openSUSE, and I like 11.1, very much. My questions are as follows:

I want to dual boot openSUSE and Sabayon. with Sabayon installed first will openSUSE detect it and add it to the MBR.

If not, then how would i go about fixing the MBR so that I can see both at start up.

I want openSUSE to be my main distro. By the way I am using the gnome version. Thanks in advance.


If it were me I would say YES. BUT. Use custom Partitioning. The fact that you don’t know the answer to the question you ask suggests a lack of knowledge - no offense. That being the case - How do you feel about partitioning?

In Sab
open a terminal and go su and do

fdisk -l

From that we should get your current HD’s and Partitions

If you just have One HD we may have to grab space from somewhere.

As for MBR your refer to: I think you are a little confused. What you mean is the bootloader installed to MBR.
Suse can install Grub there and will add a boot for Sabayon. If a problem occurs we can fairly easily fix it. You might want to make a note of this link:
GRUB Boot Multiboot openSUSE Windows (2000, XP, Vista) using the Grub bootloader.
(It’s focus is on windows dual boot, but the principle is the same)

same here
Partitioning/Install Guide - openSUSE Forums

Thanks for the reply. I am not quite so lacking in knowlege. It is just a new thing to learn: dual booying two linux distros. I can partition and I know how to dual boot with windows. Easy stuff that. Never tried to do it with two linux distros. New to openSUSE and don’t know much about. Do know it runs great on my laptop. Been a small learning curve switching from apt to rpm. Still, I love linux, and learning. Thanks again, any further suggestions much appreciated and taken in good spirits.


PS: if you want abrupt talk, visit Sidux forums. Tough but good folks!!


If you have just one drive you will have to shrink some space AND of course you will likely have to make all that acquired space a extended partition and then create logical partitions within it.
On a second empty drive they can all be primary of course.

Swap can be shared of course.

In custom partitioning each partition of your existing install can be set a mount point. There is a drop box with default mount point options but you here want to enter something manually Eg; /SAB_root - SAB_home
Doing this at install will create a folder entry in the tree under those names and an entry in fstab. Your partitions will be found in those locations in the file system.

If grub does not boot Sabayon - Don’t panic - Come back here if necessary. All we need is the terminal output of:
fdisk -l

and the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst

Re; Grub
During install when you get to the install summary click on the section in the list ‘Booting’. Make sure grub is set to MBR of the drive you want it on. (I still don’t know how many drives you have but hopefully you understand how it works)
This may help
Install Demo - With Pics and Video - openSUSE Forums