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Dual boot same version of Mint?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:25 pm
by edzell
I'm running Mint 9. It's still working but I've screwed it up in a number of ways too tedious to explain. For possibly oddball reasons I want to install a second pristine instance dual-boot on a separate partition. Each instance would have its own /home. Is there any reason why this wouldn't work?

Re: Dual boot same version of Mint?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:24 pm
by mhwelsh
No reason why you should not have as many installations as you want each on separate partitions.
To get different /homes use different user names - if your present 'defective' system uses /home/joeblogs then for another installation call the user 'jacksprat' and you will get /home/jacksprat.

When moving things like thunderbird or firefox then in the /home/jacksprat folder rename the .mozilla and .thunderbird folders and replace them (copy and paste) with the .mozilla and .thunderbird folders from the original system. This should give you all the bookmarks and mail etc into the new system.

martin welsh

Re: Dual boot same version of Mint?

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:45 pm
by edzell
Martin; thanks for the reply and valuable hints. The partition I'll use for the second instance already has Mint 13 on it. I'm going to put 9 on it instead. I intend to install from live DVD, simply selecting "format" when identifying the (already occupied) install partitions. I'll report back here, how it works out - but I'll hold off for a bit in case you or others have further comment/warnings before I do the deed.