Re: installing SUSE 9.1 over windows XP
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 19:10:23 -0600
On 10 Jun 2004 02:11:20 -0700
firstname.lastname@example.org (redeamer) wrote:
> do i have additionally install a boot loader for LINUX?
Every OS has to have a bootloader that knows how to boot it. When you
use a third party boot *manager*, it simply either boots the OSes it
knows about, or calls the boot loader for any OSes it doesn't know about
(it's actually more complicated than that, but that's a fair overview).
Linux uses either lilo or grub as it's boot *loader*. MS-DOS and Windows
have their own boot loaders, which they place in the MBR. Lilo and grub
can go pretty much anywhere you please and you just tell your boot
*manager* which partition has the boot loader.
For example, I use XOSL on several boxes, so on those when I install a
Linux distro, I create a small boot partition for it's boot files and
note which physical or logical partition it's on and then tell XOSL to
boot from partition 'xzy'. From what I remember of BootMagic, you can do
pretty much the same thing. You don't need a separate boot partition,
that's just the way I like to do it; there is nothing wrong with telling
the Linux distro to install it's boot loader into the root partition. Do
*not* use the swap partition, however, for the boot loader! :-)
Kevin Nathan (Montana, USA)
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