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Re: Can anaconda enter the new installed system directly without reboot?

Shen Qian wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have installed a Sun Java Desktop System(JDS),which based 
> on SUSE.It need not reboot after install, but directly 
> enter into the newly installed system.
> I know for fedora, anaconda use a boot kernel during 
> install, and need reboot to change the normal kernel. 
> JDS's technology is interesting. Can anaconda do it also?

It sounds like SuSE is using the same kernel for the install as it does
for the final system.  For one as you pointed out Anaconda uses a
different install kernel than the final kernel.  Two Anaconda mounts the
final installed drives and partitions in special "non standard"
locations during the install.  So the answer is no in the present state
of the installer. I'd say that you could rewrite Anaconda to the same as
the JDS/SUSE install.  That seems like a great deal of effort for very
little return on investment.

Sun screwed around with its decision to use Open Source or not use Open
Source.  I asked my admins at work to install the Gnome desktop option
on Solaris 9 (5.9).  I was so disappointed compared to what Red Hat has
done with the Gnome desktop.  I think there was Glade and gvim in the
menu.  They still used their older desktop stuff for font selection and
options like that.  Perhaps Solaris 10 will finally have it right. So
Sun is playing catch up to the rest of the world.  They dismissed Open
Source. They let the Open Source world pass them by.  Now they feel Red
Hat is too powerful and they cannot control the rest of OS like they
have with Java. (It wasn't until Microsoft put all the wish list Java
items in C# that Sun finally listened and now we have Java 1.5.) So they
selected SuSE to showcase JDS which has little to do with Java--its just
gnome with a Sun twist.  In addition, Sun has invested in SCO for
whatever reason and has some sort of agreement with Microsoft.  The MS
agreement covers the StarOffice suite but not OpenOffice from MS
attacks.  Finally, Sun has hinted that IBM--a great OS supporter--can be
attacked if SuSe is taken over. I'd encourage you to consider these and
other after the install issues (like does the thing make business sense
for your organization or yourself) when selecting a distribution than
based on the lack of a reboot during install.  Don't forget there are a
whole host of specialized tool distributions that you might want to add
to your tool belt. http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=links

LOL let me step down from my soap box.


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