LindowsOS and Fedora2 on same machine
I have a desktop machine with a 160 gigs HD. Enough to carry WinXP, LindowsOS 4.5 and Fedora 2 with multiple Mozilla source trees everywhere...
Installing Fedora 2 : Fedora refuses to install in an empty HD space if that HD space is not located after all partitions. So I used Partition Magic to resize the winXP single partition of my HD to 1/3 of what it was. Then I made a FAT primary partition with one half of the remaining free space. I told Fedora 2 to install itself in the HD remaining free space and it worked just fine. At that time, I had a dual-boot WinXP/Fedora2 box with GRUB.
Now let's install LindowsOS. Easy, just tell it to use the FAT partition we created above instead of the whole disk. Super-simple. After that, you have a machine with three OSes on it...
But LILO does not list Fedora 2!!! Sigh... So what should you do to have access to both Linuxes ?
After the install process described above, boot LindowsOS, login as
mount and locate the two auto-mounted
partitions corresponding to Fedora's root and Fedora's boot directory.
On my config, these were respectively /dev/hda6 and /dev/hda5.
Then copy the files
/disks/hda5/initrd-2.6.1-1.65smp.img into the
directory of your LindowsOS.
/etc/lilo.conf and add the following lines,
just changing the root line to match your own configuration
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.1-1.65smp label=Fedora2 root=/dev/hda6 vga=normal initrd=/boot/initrd-2.6.1-1.65smp.img
/sbin/lilo and then disable jiffyboot with a
That's it. Just reboot and enjoy the fact that LILO now lists Fedora2 and is able to run it.