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Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« on: February 07, 2016, 01:43:56 pm »
Hi all, I want to double, possibly triple boot Peppermint Six with Xubuntu 15.10 and maybe Solus.  I can't remember where to put the boot loader on the additional distros.  I want to keep the Peppermint GRUB screen - many thanks  ;)
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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 01:55:49 pm »
Uhhhmmm...

Last time I did that I used the Gparted Live CD to create 3 partitions on a hard drive. After that I installed the 3 distros, assigning each to another partition. The last distro is the 'winner' when it comes to GRUB. Zo, install Peppermint last.

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 02:35:40 pm »
...hello Andy...if i remember correctly, you are Windows user, so do not forget to install  Windows FIRST...the rest will be easier... ;)

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2016, 02:43:43 pm »
Hi AndyInMokum,

Unfortunately, Capivara is right -- but only when you tell each distro to install GRUB in the MBR !!

Howerever, when you install the GRUB for each of the new Linux distros in the same partition as the new distro, then (if the GRUB from Peppermint Six is in the MBR) the Peppermint Six GRUB will remain untouched.  ;)

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2016, 04:13:22 pm »
Thanks guys, I had a sneaky feeling I was going about this bassackwards  :).  I already have Peppermint Six installed and for all intents and purposes, it's finished.  I'd prefer to leave it that way.  If I continue with the installation of the other two distros.  Is there a way I can reinstall the Peppermint's GRUB to the MBR  :-\

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2016, 04:30:29 pm »
Hi AndyInMokum,

Read my reply (above). If Peppermint Six was the first installation and its GRUB is in the MBR -- NO PROBLEMO !!

Just add the new installations to their own partitions, but when the installer asks where you should install GRUB, you put it in the partition of the new installation (e.g. in /dev/sda5). That way, the GRUB from Peppermint Six (in the MBR) will not be changed or touched in any way.

Then when finished reboot into Peppermint Six and in a terminal run:

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sudo update-grub

That should work without any further action on your part. If not, ask back here again, partner.  8)

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2016, 04:42:23 pm »
Cheers Slim, I'm a little slow on the uptake today.  It was the: sudo update-grub I was forgetting.  Of course, it'll pickup the other installations and add them to GRUB menu - thanks mate  ;).
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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2016, 04:58:09 pm »
My pleasure, Andy !!  :)

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2016, 11:51:28 pm »
One distro goes on the MBR <-- This is the one that controls GRUB, call it the GRUB master distro if you will
(eg. /dev/sda)

All other distros you install GRUB to their partition
(eg. /dev/sda6)

you then boot the master distro, and run:
Code: [Select]
sudo update-grub

The above is for BIOS systems only .. it's different for UEFI
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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2016, 03:45:14 am »
One distro goes on the MBR <-- This is the one that controls GRUB, call it the GRUB master distro if you will
(eg. /dev/sda)

All other distros you install GRUB to their partition
(eg. /dev/sda6)

you then boot the master distro, and run:
Code: [Select]
sudo update-grub

The above is for BIOS systems only .. it's different for UEFI
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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2016, 10:21:22 am »
No worries Andy, I figured you already had the answer I just thought I'd lay it out for future searchers.
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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2018, 08:26:08 pm »
No worries Andy, I figured you already had the answer I just thought I'd lay it out for future searchers.

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2018, 10:30:24 am »
I wish I would have read this post a year or two ago. I always hated getting the grub of a distro I was checking out as the "master grub", especially Eclectica(?).
What was I thinking?

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2018, 11:11:49 am »
Glad to have reminded you of it then alynur was always a mystery to me, and part of why I have never distro-hopped before. Other than the fact Peppermint is so perfect, there's little need to bother thanks to PCNetSpec !?!

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Re: Dual or triple booting Linux distros
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2018, 02:05:21 pm »
Bored today, so wiped my extended partition, set up a raft of new logical partitions and swap... managed to create a nice sized /home partition...  and now good to go once again... installing my distros and reminding myself to install peppermint8 Respin last in line... wheeeee 

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