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Re: Newbie Idea
> Donovan Rebbechi wrote:
> > On Fri, 30 Apr 1999, Sharp, Lee wrote:
> > > I will work on it. This means I have to install it a lot more. :-)
> > > As a side... The "canned" installs will not work for a duel boot! We
> > I think the canned "workstation" install preserves all non-linux
> > partitions ( it just nukes any existing linux partitions )
> > The canned "server" install clears *all* partitions ( the people choosing
> > the server install shouldn't be dual-booting anyway ... )
> Nope. A friend of mine cried for 2 hours when Mandrake did this to
> his Machine. Why ? It is his main box and he primarily plays on it.
> He had Netware, NT-S, NT-W, Win-95 and 2 other Linux installations on
> the system.
THe Mandrake team is working in Paris. I also know where they are,
ask your friend if he wants I killl them ;-)
> It shult be clear and obvious how to use a caned installation without
> touching any existing partitions. This means a screen in red that says
> "We want to remove all existing partitions and install Linux. If you
> wish to keep some of the existing partitions and some of the data you
> already have then you can manually select where to install".
None of us ever dared to tesst the cannned installs and this will not
change until we get a spare disk and disconnect the normal ones before
It seemed me obvious the install should ask for confirmation (and I
hoped the Mandrake/RedHat/Indy did it). What I didn't think about was
in modifying the install for making possible to not remove partitions.
> If he selects manual partitioning it drops you into something like that
> program from RedHat 5.x. He must still be able to run fdisk anyway.
> All this without affecting his choice of a "canned install" other than
> to say whether he has declared enough space for the chosen install.
> You see a caned install is not simply a "brain free" installation. It
> is also a time saver for those who will be using most apps included
> in the system, don't want just all the redundant junk and really have
> things to do other than pick and choose through 500 RPMS.
There is also an "Install everything" when ou selct by groups so
server should _not_ be used for that purpose. "Install everything"
installs docs in Japanese and Indonesian thus it is great for learning
foreign languages. :-)
Jean Francois Martinez
Project Independence: Linux for the Masses