Install advice for 11.1 on a triple-boot system--partitions


I have been using OpenSuse 10.3 for a year now, and it is working pretty well but I want to upgrade to 11.1. I am using 10.3 on a machine that triple-boots with SLED10 sp1 and Vista. My partition scheme is:

 Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        4471    35913276    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            4472       29604   201880822+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4           29605       30401     6401902+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5            4472       25139   166015678+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6           25140       27101    15759733+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           27102       29604    20105316   83  Linux 

Now, I was hoping to install 11.1 over SLED 10 sp 1 (sda6) to see how it works, and slowly get it up to speed. If all goes well, I would eventually like to wipe 10.3 (sda7) and recover the space (enlarging /home (sda5) a bit, and increasing sda6 and moving it take over the space left by sda7.

My plan is this:

  1. Wipe sda7
  2. Expand sda6 to fill the space left by sda7
  3. Then adjust sda5 to take about 10 gb of space used by sda6.

Is this doable, or am I just being foolish? I figured I would ask here before trying it out, and hopefully get some advice steering me in a better direction if my ideas are misguided. My main goal is to avoid downtime as much as possible during the upgrade process, hence my desire to avoid installing over 10.3 from the get-go.

Thanks for any help!

For sure it’s doable. Make sure you backup any important data first!!!

Have a read/seach of the forums on some of the issues people have had
installing 11.1 (Something to do while your backing up all that
important data).

Then proceed with your plan to install 11.1 on sda6. Not sure where
your current bootloader is, but you may wish to install the 11.1
elsewhere and still keep your current loader and just add an entry in
the /boot/grub/menu.lst on the 10.3 system.

Once your happy and all is well, make sure you backup any important
data!!! before resizing :wink:

Then I would look at using GParted on a bootable cdrom for resizing;
Gnome Partition Editor

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.1 x86 Kernel
up 1:08, 1 user, load average: 0.08, 0.08, 0.13
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 180.22

Many thanks for that advice, much appreciated, and glad to hear that it is doable. Proceeding as planned, then.