Booting more than 4 OSes from a hard disk?

Mark Cullen mark.r.cullen at
Tue Aug 8 16:48:59 UTC 2006

Girish Venkatachalam wrote:
> Dear all,
> I was wondering if the 4 primary parition booting
> limit still exists. Is it possible to have 
> Windoze
> Linux
> FreeBSD
> OpenBSD
> NetBSD
> on the same box in such a way that we can boot into
> any of them?
> I am particularly interested in the x86 arch with IDE
> disks. I think this is possible on other archs with
> What boot manager am I supposed to use? Does it
> require setting something on the BIOS? Does FreeBSD
> support booting from a point way off the first sector?
> Thanks.
> regards,
> Girish
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I *think* GAG can do this, though I have never actually personally tried 
it. If I ever use a boot loader though, GAG is my first choice. It's 
incredibly simple to install and configure.

Mark Cullen <mark.r.cullen at>
BSc (Hons), Computer Science

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