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Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by JayTee » Mon May 06, 2019 10:03 am

I'm trying to dual boot MX Linux with an already installed Linux Mint 19.1 Mate. MX 18.2 64Bit boots and runs fine. I don't completely 'get' the installer, as it is different from Mint, which gives me the option to install on the entire HDD or alongside another OS. Searching the forums and YouTube, there are many 'Dual Boot MX LInux with Windows 10' dealing with EUFI, which does not really head me in the right direction. Am I missing some phrasing that would allow me to install 'alongside' or is that getting into partitioning and some extra steps I have to take there?

Dell Optiplex 780
Intel Core Duo CPU 3.00 GHz
6 GB RAM
Mesa DRI Intel Q45/Q43 Graphics
500GB HDD

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If it's partitioning that is required I might need a little 'handholding' to step through that. :rolleyes:

Thanks!

John

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Re: Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by manyroads » Mon May 06, 2019 10:17 am

Pax vobiscum,
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Re: Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by KBD » Mon May 06, 2019 10:59 am

You can use gparted to shrink that partition and allow room for MX. It's slightly more involved than the Ubuntu/Mint installer, requiring just a bit more effort on your part.
I'd boot into MX live, use gparted to shrink your Mint partition, then when you begin installing MX manually point the installer to the free area you created with gparted.

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Re: Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by sg-1 » Mon May 06, 2019 11:16 am

Hi, from MX, I use this method to create dual boot. With gparted I resize the partition, from right to left in order to obtain an unallocated space.

Once this is done reboot the computer. I select the pendrive or dvd with Mint live and install the operating system in the unallocated partition created with MX, taking care to install the Mint GRUB in the root partition /

Upon restarting, MX will start, then from the terminal type: sudo update-grub and restart.
MX will allow you to select the operating systems installed.

Before creating the snapshot, prevention is better than cure.

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Re: Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by Head_on_a_Stick » Mon May 06, 2019 11:27 am

sg-1 wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 11:16 am
install the Mint GRUB in the root partition /
Installing GRUB to partitions is not recommend, it may cause problems:
GRUB documentation wrote:installing to a filesystem means that GRUB is vulnerable to its blocks being moved around by filesystem features such as tail packing, or even by aggressive fsck implementations, so this approach is quite fragile
https://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manua ... stallation

For non-UEFI systems it should be possible to not install GRUB at all.

Alternatively, select /dev/sdX in the MInt installer (ie, just the device with no partition number) then use the same location in the MX installer to overwrite it.
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Re: Dual Boot MX Linux with Linux Mint

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Post by sg-1 » Mon May 06, 2019 11:51 am

installing to a filesystem means that GRUB is vulnerable to its blocks being moved around by filesystem features such as tail packing, or even by aggressive fsck implementations, so this approach is quite fragile.

and this approach can only be used if the /boot filesystem is on the same disk that the BIOS boots from, so that GRUB does not have to rely on guessing BIOS drive numbers.

The partition where Mint resides is on the MX disk. I do not insist further.

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