On Sunday 27 September 2009 03:43:47 Vojtěch Zeisek wrote:
Although I do not have Windows, I have seen it on
several computers and I
was not satisfied. Proposed solutions are very strange and complicated.
Is it only my sense or do You have similar experience
with automatic disc
division during installation?
I already complained on such behavior, with more details about existing
partitions, their sizes and comments on proposal. That is needed to catch
exactly what is strange in Installer workflow.
It actually works fine for current computer setups that have only one default
windows installation, even if that is not trivial one, like 1st partition to
boot and keep backup copy of software currently installed, or older with such
backup partition at the end, but outside of that we go into gray zone where
more questions has to be asked, specially if it is discovered that user has
some Linux on computer, or additional hard disks.
More over I still have sense that
installation from Live CD is even more strange in this way...
It should be the same installer. I don't think that there are 2 different
versions, one for DVD and one for LiveCD.
I use expert mode and it is OK, but for "an
average user" it is very
confusing. I know people understanding basics of disc partitioning, but not
understanding YaST's proposals...
The basic problem is that Installer (YaST Partitioner) is trying to guess too
much without knowing user wishes, or having very elaborate workflow for
different existing setups.
Asking too many questions is not a goal when user is not experienced, but
asking nothing and going with sole goal to win as much space as possible
without damaging main windows installation is not good either.
Taking example with 2 windows disks.
I can have data disk that I don't want to be touched, no matter how small
space is left for openSUSE.
If space is only 5 GB then create single partition, but warn user right away,
during installation, that burning DVD is not possible with so little space. It
is just for basic office work, nothing else that requires handling large
If space is 10 GB then still one partition without warning, but make sure that
temp directory is emptied often.
If space is 20 GB then allow 2 partitions, / and /home, and so on.
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