I'm tired of wiping distros because I don't know grub.
OK, let's talk about a simplified scheme where you indeed put all the OS into one single " / " root filesystem, e.g. you don't want to create separate /boot and /usr partitions, but you create a separate /home so you can keep your data. Let's also assume you want to have multiple distributions on the same harddisk, e.g. they will all share your /home partition (you could still use different user names if needed):
I'd then suggest to put your root filesystems to the front of the harddisk as the grub or lilo boot loaders might have troubles if you place them towards the end. Windows XP doesn't have this problem apparently, so I assume a Windows partition can be anywhere on the disk.
Also, let's again take a 100 GB disk as basis. So I'd partition like this:
/dev/hda1 -- 8 GB, e.g. LinuxMint 2.0 "Barbara"
/dev/hda2 -- 8 GB, e.g. SuSE 10.2
/dev/hda3 -- extended partition, includes the rest of the harddisk
/dev/hda5 -- Windows XP, e.g. 50 GB
/dev/hda6 -- /home, e.g. 30 GB
/dev/hda7 -- swap, whatever is left of the harddisk (around 4 GB)
With a partitioning scheme like this you could constantly format /dev/hda1 and /dev/hda2 again and again and install any distribution you want to try.
A well-behaving distro shouldn't do that You could of course edit the "menu.lst" file and add the relevant parts of distro A's "menu.lst" to distro B's (so that distro A shows up again in GRUB) .... but as I said: you shouldn't have to do this. It seems whatever distro you tried out did assume that it was the "only" Linux on your system.NoClue! wrote: Here's the problem: I have a linux distro installed (distro A) when I install another distro (distro B) it puts its own grub in and when I boot I only get the grub for distro B with no option for distro A.....................so I get pissed and wipe everything and end up moving on to distro C.
It's not grub that picks up what you have installed but rather the installer, and the standard varies considerably. The debian based distros I've installed has behaved well - the others not.
which means installing Mint last
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