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Re: Serious reservations about FC2 release on 5/18

Paul Iadonisi wrote:
>   And the sky is falling, too.  These threads are getting old.  

I would say the sky is falling for the user when their previously
working Windows XP partition as completely unbootable.  I have not seen
any fix short of wiping the partition table and losing the existing
Windows XP partition.  Yes, the sky is falling for that user.  It's not
just one or two people here, and it will be a significant number when
the release goes live, if it has not been fixed.

If Microsoft released an upgrade for Windows that broke Linux
installations in the same way, I think we know what the reaction would
be.  Why shouldn't we strive to at least be better than Microsoft?

> I seriously doubt dual boot systems are a priority for Red Hat, nor
> should they be.  A dual boot system, in principle, is a transition
> configuration that need not be well supported in every release.  And
> even as a transition, it's not a requirement for the majority of
> installations.  Keep a separate Windows box (or boxen) around handle
> the Windows-only requirements.

I guess we disagree there.  I see your viewpoint as being very elitist
and short-sighted.  There are lots of reasons why a person would want to
be able to boot both Windows XP and FC2 on a single box.  

My main concern is this problem did not exist in FC1.  Let's go over
that again, since I've seen some people post that this is a Windows XP

Something has changed in this release which has caused the problem. 
Many users have already been affected.  The impact of this problem is a
user ending up in a situation where they will not be able to get back
into the Windows XP partition without some serious headaches.  I have
not yet seen any solution presented for the problem, but I'd appreciate
a link if you know of one.  I certainly looked around when I was hit
with this about a week ago.


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