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Fedora 29 and 26 Dual Boot

asked 2018-12-17 11:10:19 -0500

Chambers3000 gravatar image

I am trying to see if it is possible to work around a Citrix issue by retaining an older version of Fedora. In Fedora 26 Citrix works and can be installed. I would like to install Fedora 26 so that is a choice in the grub loader. What I hope this will accomplish is allow me to choose a Fedora 26 session when I need Citrix but otherwise have a latest Fedora 29 choice for all other complete use.

Does anyone know how this is accomplished?

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answered 2018-12-18 02:54:48 -0500

Night Romantic gravatar image

I agree with @florian's recommendation, but if you need dual boot it could be done easily.

You need some hard drive space for new partitions obviously (on the same hard drive or another one). Then you just install other distro/version as usual - with one caveat.

One thing to watch for is grub (the bootloader). If you just install other distro/version, it's grub will rewrite your original one. Most installers (Fedora's as well) allow you not to install bootloader, that's probably what you should do. Then to be able to boot into your second distro you should update grub's config withing your first distro (with grub2-mkconfig -o ...), it should add boot options for the second (third, fourth) installed distributions automatically.

Also you can manually add boot options you need to grub's boot menu, it's not hard but I won't go into details here, unless you ask me.

If you've let second distribution to install grub, then every grub update will rewrite bootloader and it's config. It's easy to repair from within your first distro or from install usb key. Still you're better off not letting secondary distros to rewrite bootloader from the very beginning.

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answered 2018-12-17 12:23:36 -0500

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updated 2018-12-17 12:27:50 -0500

I would suggest a different approach. Instead of using a dualboot, I would install Fedora (or any other OS that you may like) in a virtual machine (Gnome Boxes, Virtual Machine Manager, VirtualBox, ...). So, you can simply start that Fedora out of your F29 when you need Citrix Receiver.

Btw, Citrix Receiver works great in Fedora 28. You should not install F26 or F27 since they are not supported with updates of any kind anymore.

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Thanks for the information here. I have purposefully not updated my laptop to keep Citrix running - I guess I will now. The Citrix Chrome app works alright but I am not liking how it works over dual monitors. I end up with one super wide citrix session.

Chambers3000 gravatar imageChambers3000 ( 2018-12-18 07:40:38 -0500 )edit

I am not upgrading from F28 to F29 is either because of the same reason - need Citrix Receiver for work. And as long as F28 is supported and I am not in a rush.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-12-19 11:55:08 -0500 )edit

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