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Re: UI status braindump, part II



On Fri, 2012-07-13 at 10:18 -0500, David Lehman wrote:
> > On Thu, 2012-07-12 at 18:33 -0400, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> doesn't mean we wipe that single disk. Instead, we autopart any
> > > pre-existing free space on the disk. If that isn't enough space, we
> > > automatically shrinkany filesystems as needed.
> 
> And how will we configure the bootloader in this case? If we don't feel
> comfortable removing existing partitions from disk, do we feel
> comfortable removing their existing bootloader without asking?

Hm, let's walk through the bootloaders involved maybe?

Pre-existing Fedora / Red Hat / CentOS / etc install - Can we add an
entry to the existing one?

Pre-existing Linux install - likely to be grub. Do we have to remove it
or can we add an entry to the existing one?

Pre-existing OS X install - Will Woods had an idea for detecting OS X
machines. So we could maybe give any pre-existing OS X users some kind
of special message, like, 'go to bootcamp' or whatnot. We better not
blow away their OS X bootloader unless they just want to wipe it all (+1
to those folks.) What kind of config is needed to chainload the linux
install for Macs? If it requires manual config, is there any way to have
some kind of walkthrough for doing that manual config available and
referenced both in the installer and elsewhere? Is that manual config
hard?

Pre-existing Windows XP and up install - Same thing here, better to not
blow away and chain load? What manual config is involved here?


Also, is there ever a case where it's possible to blow away the
pre-existing OS X or Windows bootloader and configure grub to point to
the boot sector instead?

~m



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