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[Bug 244605] New: Fix dual boot - important feature hidden by too many levels
  • From: bugzilla_noreply@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 07:49:34 -0700 (MST)
  • Message-id: <bug-244605-21960@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/>

Summary: Fix dual boot - important feature hidden by too many
Product: openSUSE 10.3
Version: unspecified
Platform: Other
OS/Version: Other
Status: NEW
Severity: Normal
Priority: P5 - None
Component: Basesystem
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: arahne@xxxxxxxxx
QAContact: qa@xxxxxxx

Industry reality requests that most Linux computers works as dual boot.
On most new computers, SUSE is unable to resize NTFS partition,
it says it needs to be checked, even if it was shutdown properly.
So we need to delete Windows, install SUSE, make FAT32 partition
during SUSE installation, and then install Windows.
Windows of course wipes MBR with its own loader, so we need to
restore dual boot.
This is currenty possible, but is very complicated.
So if we compare the probablity of having bad RAM, or have to
restore MBR, you will agree that it is much more likely that
we need ot restore MBR.
RESTORE DUAL BOOT should be available as one of the boot options from
the installation DVD. If the computer would only have one
Linux installed, then RESTORE DUAL BOOT would look into linux
partition, read grup or lilo settings, and rewrite it to MBR,
without any confusing questions. If you would have several
versions of Linux installed, it should ask from which partition
to load the boot options, and then restore that.

This would be a big plus for some customers who need to
resinstall the windows, and then find themselves unable
to boot into Linux again. Going halfway through the installation
and then hit some hidden "other" button to enter repair mode,
and more questions later, or even boot installed system,
go in yast, system, bootloader, change timeout (also well hidden)
and write to disk - this is all much too complicated.

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