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Re: [opensuse-factory] Partitioning based on type of installation
  • From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 08:47:59 -0400
  • Message-id: <48550F7F.8090009@xxxxxx>
On 2008/06/15 23:14 (GMT+1200) Volker Kuhlmann apparently typed:

some people might prefer to not have to know anything
about partition tables.

It's not normal for anyone to need to "know anything about partition tables"
in order to be able to choose the size, quantity and mount points of
partitions during installation.

How large is the number of people who have
partitioned their disk (how and by what means is irrelevant here) and
want to keep it that way?

I don't recall seeing a similar option anywhere in SUSE docs, but in
Mandriva, there's an installation startup option "readonly" that when used,
at partitioning phase of installation presents only existing partitions
simply for choice of mount points, mount options, and whether to format only,
with none of the other complications of any partitioner.

Or is it intentional that an installation onto an already partitioned
disk requires drilling down 3+ levels into expert mode? I never thought
of myself as an expert here.

I too think there's at least one step too many to get into position to merely
specify which partitions to mount where, if to format, and mount options.

It would be good to dispense with the need to know in advance any startup
option in this regard, and instead at the first stage of the "partitioning"
step offer a spartan screen with nothing but three choices and short
descriptions of what they mean:

Use existing
Advanced (or custom, but not expert)
"Where were you when I laid the earth's
foudation?" Matthew 7:12 NIV

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata ***
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