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Re: FIPS, defrag, etc.

> > This can be done without porting fips.  We could have the install boot
> > DOS, do the config thing being talked about elsewhere then run Loadlin.
> > all in a bat file that calls external programs.
> Using DOS to do any of the installation work explicitly has been tossed out 
> 3 or 4 times by this list, and the issue is finally dead.
> Using DOS implicitly (by requiring the upgrading user to defrag/FIPS while 
> still in DOS) is also a bad idea.  It reeks of incompleteness: "I still 
> have to use DOS to *prepare* for SEUL?  Come on!  This is supposed to be 
> better than M$'s crap, not depend on it!"

If the user wants to throw MS out of the board he does not need FIPS.
The people needing FIPS are those who are not planinng to go 100%
Linux, at least not immediately.  About FIPS, this is a not a
complicated program, it truncates the FAT and modifies the partition
table (you can save it just in case).  The critical part is not FIPS
but defrag.  And if someone goes wrong with Defrag I prefer than we
can point to MS buggy Defrag and not to ours.

First thing to do is getting basics right, we will look for
miscellanea like a Linux FIPS later in case it is found useful.

			Jean Francois Martinez

"For drinking muddy water if that is the water of truth,
            for that the camel is needed"