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Is it possible to tri boot on a hard drive with 3 partiations with XP Ubuntu and Vista? Do I need a boot manager? and is it plausible? I really want to try linux and from what I can see Ubuntu seems to be quite a good choice.
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anything is possible...

if I were going to do it, I'd set 3 partitions, install linux, windows xp, then vista

Linux will install lilo (or another linux bootloader), windows xp will install the xp bootloader, then vista will install the vista bootloader

When the machine boots, you will get the vista bootloader with the choice to load VISTA or earlier operating systems, then the xp loader will give you a choice between linux and xp--so , you will have to go through 2 bootloaders

I am not aware of a third party bootloader that works with Vista, so that would be easiest...i'm sure there is one though if you really feel compelled to go the third party route
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right now i have xp and vista installed, I really don't want to do a complete fresh reinstall for all 3 os. So could i do the same thing as vista and create a new partition and install linux on that one? Would the bootup loader have a choice of linux or windows first and then Vista or xp? If that would work than it would be optimal.
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From what I have researched, you cannot do that. you cannot add linux to the vista bootloader (in fact, a big gripe among beta testers is that Vista removes the Linux bootloader LILO without even a warning), and you cannot add linux to the vista bootloader

By loading in linux, then xp, you use the xp loader for both linux and xp, and then vista, you get what I described above.

You could also try another idea...vmware offers a version of its virtual server software for free, and MS just released VirtualPC for free.

You could install ubuntu in a virtual machine within xp
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