I have an Acer Laptop with windows 7 pre installed. I want to install Ubuntu and fedora and make a triple boot configuration. I want to know how? I am a newcomer to linux and I need help.
I suggest you install Windows first, then Fedora, then install Ubuntu last. Ubuntu's GRUB is better than Fedora's, since it detects all other operating systems on your computer.
Choose Create Custom Layout.
Select the "Free" thing and then click the "Create" button.
Click Create again. Choose the Mount Point as / and give some space to Fedora in MBs. Remember to leave some space for Ubuntu!
Go through the rest of the Process.(next, next, next.)
Restart your machine and setup through all those Fedora Stuff.
Then have fun with Fedora.
Then reboot into a Ubuntu Live CD.
Again, stop at this step.
Choose Something Else.
Click the Free space and then click Add. Again choose / for the mount point and use a Logical Partition. Choose any Disk size you want.
Click OK and go through the rest of the process. (next,next,next.)
A GRUB menu should appear to let you choose Windows, Ubuntu, and Fedora!
Note: If Fedora didn't show up in the GRUB menu, you might have to type
Because this post is intended for beginners, I ignored swap. But here's how to have swap on a USB Stick if you want it. (Thanks Akshit Baunthiyal!)
For anyone that doesn't know what Swap is, read the SwapFaq in the Official Ubuntu Documentation.
Because I don't have a spare USB lying around the USB stick that is supposed to show up isn't shown.
Apply the same thing with Fedora if you want, but just remember that there is no
then type in your password in Fedora and follow the steps without having to type "
Now you should have a Triple-Boot system with Ubuntu, Windows, Fedora, and a swap in Both Ubuntu and Fedora!
Make a backup of your windows 7 install - Imaging the whole disk with clonezilla is a good idea since OEM installs often do wierd bootloader stuff. This also means you can restore the system to factory settings if needed.
Firstly if you have lots of ram, avoid a swap partition ... We'll come to why later.
Plan your partitions - I'd suggest going with 2 system partitions, and initially one or no swap partition - this should simplify things considerably, and there's a good reason for this. I'd also suggest setting slightly different partition sizes for each (For example, 50 gigs for windows, 30 gigs for ubuntu, 28 gigs for fedora, and 2 gigs for swap). Write down the sizes. Make sure you know them. I'd suggest leaving the windows partition as primary, and using extended and logical partitions for linux.
Resize the windows partition, making sure its the first partition - i'd use the tools in the first linux distro you install to resize. Install, reboot, and check both OSes work. Ideally, i'd make a second image of the drive at this point
Install the second distribution. Reboot and retest.
At this point you have two OSes and ONE swap partition. Sharing a swap partition is messy - so i'd suggest setting up a swap file. There's no real performance issues with modern partitions.
For each distro, you will need to do the following things as root (su for fedora, sudo su for ubuntu will work). Instructions adapted from cyberciti
Firstly, you will want to create a disk image for your swap file - for a 512 mb swap file
Now, you will need to edit fstab to load up the swapfile for the system on boot
to do this
Add the line
If the other linux boot has no swap file, repeat - you can rename the swap file if you choose.
This should give you a neat triple boot, with as simple a partition layout as possible.