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Re: Feature proposal: Rebootless Installer

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 7:38 AM, Douglas
McClendon<dmc fedora filteredperception org> wrote:

> No, from a user experience perspective, a kexec 'warm' reboot is still a
> reboot.  I could be wrong about that, or my interpretation of what
> kexec does (I've read about it often in LWN, but never knowingly used it).

That's correct I believe, yes.

>  If so, one way to describe the major
> benefit of my rebootless installer, is that you get to boot the livecd/usb
> environment, *then use it as such*, and at your option, desire, and
> convenience, decide to permanently install the LiveOS you have just been
> using and configuring, to disk.  And of course when done, just pop out the
> livecd/usb, and your are done... and free to leave your system with a
> continuingly increasing uptime :)

Wait, so it's persisting any changes you made to the target drive?
That sounds quite cool actually, and I misunderstood the original
post.  Concretely with your change, if I've connected to a wireless
network with NetworkManager, that would get saved in the target
drive's configuration in gconf and be there next time I boot?

I know with the live images one problem we have is that data can sort
of randomly disappear if you're running close to the memory limit; if
we go with your architecture we should probably special-case things
like ~/.gconf so say the Firefox http disk cache doesn't blow away
your wireless config.

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