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Is there a maximum quantity of operating systems which can be installed on a computer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by David_G17, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    is there a limit? assuming the user is using LILO/GRUB or something similar, is there a maximum amount of entries? If so, what is it?

    I'm probably going to buy a large hard drive and I'd like to play with lots of Linux distros.

  2. It is limited only by disk space. I have had Win 98 and XP, Linux (and about 5 experimental kernels) and an old version of BSD. All of this running on a desktop that had a huge HDD and LILO as the boot controller. Conceivably, there could have been more. Yes, you can add whatever to Lilo or Grub, but you have to think things through logically. Older copies of Windows had to reside on C, so you had to load them before beofre you loaded the others. Also, you need to be aware of any OS you will be loading that require overwriting the boot sector with their own loader. This will make a mess of Lilo so have a boot floppy available to get into Linux (or BSD as the case may be).

  3. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    ain't that the truth. i spent about 12 hours a few weeks ago b/c i didn't make a boot floppy and tried to fix a windows install on a perfectly fine fedora core machine.

    long story short: i lost everything (b/c i lost the partition table). oh well, lesson learned.
  4. Glock Bob

    Glock Bob Snack Attack!!!

    Aug 5, 2004
    There was this kid (about 15 y/o) on The Screen Savers (old TechTV program) that built a system with every version of DOS and Windows up to that point. It was like 30 of them. The thing had about 9 harddrives. It was incredible.
  5. prism

    prism more ammo

    Sep 26, 2002

    neat little program. I ran it off a floppy disk.

    I didn't get around to seeing if it could dualboot the *same* OS. :) that might be especially good for sharing a computer with someone.