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Re: [opensuse-factory] Tumbleweed installation topics with Snapshots 2018082x
On 08/31/2017 12:36 AM, Roger Oberholtzer wrote:

I think the default behavior has changed. IIRC, the install image, if
booted from, always defaulted to booting from the hard disk. This made
sense. At least to me.

With UEFI, there really is no such thing as "boot from the hard disk".
It is supposed to be "boot from an identified operating system". There
is a convention that a file of a certain name in "\EFI\Boot" (in the EFI
partition) is to be treated as an identified system (and booting the
installer depends on that). But it is unlikely that this would be the
first system in priority for booting. But, of course, it depends on the
UEFI firmware (or BIOS), and some systems come with weird UEFI
implementations.

The first menu entry when booting the install media in UEFI mode has
always been to install, at least as far I can recall. That's different
from booting the install media in MBR legacy booting mode.

The change to defaulting to doing an install does lead to confusion:
did the previous install fail and it wants to try again? Or? In what
situation when, after doing an install and rebooting, would one want
to repeat the install?

If the UEFI firmware follows the specs, then it should boot the first
EFI system -- first in boot order. And, if the install went correctly,
that should be either "opensuse" or "opensuse-secureboot". And if the
install failed, the first in boot order is probably Windows for most
people. So booting into the installer on reboot is unusual and probably
due to a poor UEFI implementation on that computer.

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