Install a distro from another distro

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by zRokh, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. zRokh

    zRokh New Member

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    Hey, is it possible to install a distro while booted on another?
    Like install Ubuntu while being on Trisquel, so it wouldnt need a Live CD.
    Thank you in advance!

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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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  3. zRokh

    zRokh New Member

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    But how about when i download an ISO and then couldn't i install it like a program in Wine
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    RadekS New Member

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    If you use some bootloader as Grub or lilo you can boot iso via them.

    But the problem is that booted software must support it...for example some old distro try to find cd-rom.
  5. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Wine is an attempt to run a Windows program on Linux. This technology will not allow you to install a distribution. No matter how you do this, an installation medium is required (the ISO). Perhaps you want to install a Linux Distribution in VirtualBox?
  6. zRokh

    zRokh New Member

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    I will try it with Grub.

    No, because i always have trouble with the installing of the OS there :D
  7. Codypy1

    Codypy1 Member

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    You have trouble installing it in Vbox? What troubles do you have?
    Maybe watch a video on how to install in vbox?
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  8. MikeyD

    MikeyD Active Member

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    A VM is really the only way I can think of running an OS within another OS. Because these aren't applications you won't be able to 'overlay' a Linux distro on to another. Even something like Puppy Linux that runs entirely in RAM, will require you to boot into Puppy and you won't be able to switch between distros without a reboot. Even bootloaders like GRUB are transferred control at boot from the MBR so you won't be able to run a distro without booting into it in some form, which will not give you the ability to transfer control to your original distro.

    A VM like Virtual box is the best way to accomplish what you're trying to do, but if you don't want to go that route you can always dual boot.

    Is there a specific reason you want to run two distros at the same time?
  9. zRokh

    zRokh New Member

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    no, i would like to run two distros at the same time...
    but i think i remember that when i had my previous PC and i installed Ubuntu on it then i got to install the test version before the full version...
    so i think im going to try that
  10. Codypy1

    Codypy1 Member

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    Well the good thing about Ubuntu and various other Linux distros. You don't need to install a "test" version you can run it straight from a usb as a livecd with full functionality as the installed version.

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