Over the last 7 years I've worked with almost every OS that was originally based on Mandrake/Mandriva, including PCLOS, and the more recent forks of ROSA, POCA, Mageia, and have always installed Grub to their Root Partition and used OSL 2000 Boot Commander
to boot-up Windows Vista along with 6 Linux distros that I love to test and work with. I use OSL 2000 to do this in order to keep Vista's pathetically fragile MBR safe to ensure access to Vista. Alongside Vista, I always have the Linux OS' in separate partitions as I love to spend one day of the week working with each one to see how they are all evolving over the years - one each from Slackware, Ubuntu, BSD, Gentoo, Arch and Fedora - all with Grub installed to their Root Partitions - and OSL 2000 has always booted them perfectly... except for PCLOS and Mandriva which plunge instantly into a Kernel Panic. Even when I have installed PCLOS on a Primary Partition and installed Grub over Vista's MBR, the results have never varied - PCLinuxOS boots into an immediate Kernel Panic then freezes. I've tried to have PCLOS coexist with other Linux OS' since 2008 but no matter the configuration or tweaking I try, a Kernel Panic results.
Now what I find so inexplicable is that France's Mageia 2
and Russia's ROSA Marathon
have no trouble at all booting from root with OSL 2000 despite the fact they have a very similar heritage to PCLinuxOS. Have any other members run into this issue over the years? Have any members been able to solve it? Any helpful suggestions would be truly appreciated in solving this issue.
With sincere thanks,
PS: Please do NOT pass judgement on why anyone would want to run seven operating systems. That would be less than helpful.