I currently have PoP!_OS as my main distro on this SSD.
I want to try other distros as well.
Although, I have some questions about it, please help me in them…
To dual-boot, I am going to shrink the main home partition, so, if after trying the distro, I don’t like it, can I just delete that os’s partition and extend the home partition?
Currently, GRUB is not present here and the system directly boots into PoP!_OS but if I install another distro, and afterwards delete it, will the system directly boot onto PoP!_OS or I will have to manually install GRUB in it?
Hello Hrishikesh, #1 That should work for you. But you should make a backup off disc of important files. Things do happen. #2 Grub is currently being controlled by PopOS - Usually the last distro you install will be the controller of grub. So yes you will most likely have to reinstall grub if you delete the last distro you installed. The reason POPOS does not show a grub screen is because it’s the only OS on the computer. When you do another install it should pick up your popos and open a grub menu for you to choose from.
If it were me I would just download the live .iso and try the other distro live for a few days and see if it really meets my needs before installing as a dual boot.
Good luck in whatever you choose.
You can avoid that if, during the install of the second Linux, you answer NO to the question " Do you want to install a bootloader".
Then PopOS will retain control of grub, but you will have to go into PopOS and do update grub after you finish the second Linux install, before it will detect the new Linux.
After that, you will get a grub menu when you boot
Soo, I have decided to install Manjaro XFCE but the Calameres installer doesn’t have the ‘No Bootloader’ option.
Is it a way that after I install Manjaro…I can change the GRUB Bootloader from Manjaro to Pop os?
Yes, just log into Popos, and do grub-install, followed by update-grub.
Then Popos own the grub configuration again.
Not sure the grub-install is necessary, but it is a good idea keep the installed grub at the same version that Popos knows.