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[openFATE 311027] How to simplify partitioning during install for people who are new to Linux
Feature changed by: Pieter De Decker (pdedecker)
Feature #311027, revision 3
- Title: How to simplify partitioning during install for new users
+ Title: How to simplify partitioning during install for people who are
+ new to Linux

openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
Priority
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Pieter De Decker (pdedecker)
Partner organization: openSUSE.org

Description:
Currently, you have to know a thing or two about partitioning if you
want to install openSUSE. I've found that it's possible to simplify the
partitioning process by suggesting two frequently used configurations
alongside the advanced partitioning system that is currently used by
the installer.
The installer would show three partitioning options:
* "Install alongside current OS" (only if the hard disk holds an OS)
* "Use the entire hard disk for openSUSE"
* "Advanced partitioning"
When the user opts for a dualboot alongside Windows or another OS, the
user can choose how much space will remain for the current OS and how
much space is allocated to openSUSE.
The Ubuntu guys have been very clever about this. Here's how they do
it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrWqKbqDQpU
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrWqKbqDQpU) (skip to 2:32)
Notice how people who opt for the dualboot don't have to worry about
mount points, swap partitions etc. All the user has to do is drag the
slider (visible at 2:42) to tell the installer how much space should be
used for both operating systems.
The openSUSE installer could then, like it already can, automatically
determine how much of the space allocated to openSUSE should be used
for the root partition, the /home partition and the swap partition.
Advanced users can still use the "Advanced partitioning" option to use
the installer's built-in partition editor.

Business case (Partner benefit):
openSUSE.org: It will remove a hurdle for people who are new to Linux
and increase the overall user-friendliness of the installer.


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openSUSE Feature:
https://features.opensuse.org/311027

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