Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

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Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

Postby Timberbeast on Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:15 pm

Background:

I am currently running LM 16, Mate. Dual booting from sda, 80 gig, which also has the XP install on it. What I would like to do, would be to partition sdb, 500 gig, wich has the running 16, mate on it. So that I could add 16 Cinnamon, and 16 Xfce.

That way, I would be able to compare the different versions. This is on an old P4 machine with 2 gigs of ram, all you can put in it, so that Cinnamon may be too much for it. But, I won't know until I try. :)

I have the Cinnamon and Xfce downloaded and md5sum checked and burnt. But I figure better ask before I get playing with gparted and realize I don't know enough what I am doing.

I would assume that I would boot all of them from sda? Is that right? Then divide sdb into 3 or 4 partitions? I would use just /, /home for each version, I think? Use the same swap for all 3 Mints, right?

This post is in the order of, "Measure twice, cut once" thing. :)

Thanks,
larry
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Re: Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

Postby administrollaattori on Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:44 am

Why simply not to install more desktops to Mint
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sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
 .... etc
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Re: Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

Postby usbtux on Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:05 am

For comparison, just use live cd/usb with persistence.
Otherwise just do a quick install /root only, don't make a separate /home; copy your files to somewhere else if you need to backup - You only need 1 swap partition on the disk.

Pre partitioning may be beneficial - 1 partition for swap just over the same size of max ram, plus 1 partition say 20G for each of the distros you want to install.

Another option would be to install to virtual box for each additional distro - much safer option if you are unsure of the install process. see my sig links below for videos on installing.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
http://www.usbtux.hostzi.com/
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

Postby Timberbeast on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:44 pm

@administrollaattori,
Thanks for your reply. I hadn't realized that I could install other DEs that way. I had tried to install Cinnamon from the 'Software Manager', but that was not successful, so I dumped it. Your idea sounds like a good one. I dug through the old posts on this forum, but wasn't successful finding a step-step to how to do that. It is all *that* easy to install other DEs and have them work?

@usbtux
For comparison, just use live cd/usb with persistence.


I have a very nice external USB 230 gig drive. Would that work?

I am still very much a noob. I have only been a convert since LM 15 was new. I got tired of having dig in 'the registry' to make my machine run well. I have only learned enough to be dangerous, so far. To my installs and to my own sanity. But, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." I would rather ask here rather than clean clumps of hair off the floor. :)

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Re: Like to Quad boot, 3 Mints, 1 XP Any partition pointers?

Postby usbtux on Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:43 pm

Timberbeast wrote:
@usbtux
For comparison, just use live cd/usb with persistence.


I have a very nice external USB 230 gig drive. Would that work?

I am still very much a noob. I have only been a convert since LM 15 was new. I got tired of having dig in 'the registry' to make my machine run well. I have only learned enough to be dangerous, so far. To my installs and to my own sanity. But, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." I would rather ask here rather than clean clumps of hair off the floor. :)

Thank you,
larry


External usb hdd works wonderfully
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKL1tmn-xC0 External install
Full install encrypted usb or flash drive http://youtu.be/Nw99gRGWGuw

But I was talking about http://youtu.be/pq2bsTh_dDs How to use unetbootin to make a liveusb from windows
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
http://www.usbtux.hostzi.com/
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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