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Re: [newui] Summary of boot device selection IRC discussion, Friday 3 Feb

On 02/06/2012 09:47 AM, Máirín Duffy wrote:

> Would anybody ever want to make a usb stick a boot device for a system
> that has critical mountpoints on other devices?  E.g., / is on usb disk
> 1, /home is on usb disk 2, /var is on some random hard drive <= seems
> like a messy soup of pain "There's always going to be that guy who wants
> to install to a USB (real) disk and move it from one machine to another,
> but there's literally like two or three such guys on the planet." Let's
> not ruin the experience for everyone for the sake of these three people.

In F12 through F16 it has been necessary to create a bootable USB removable
drive [typically flash media, but harddrive should work, too] that is intended
to be run on some other box, either directly or after copying the USB drive
to a harddrive on the other box.  This was because the installer required
>=1GB RAM, while a machine with 512MB RAM [sometimes even 384MB RAM] was
a perfectly reasonable running system.  Installing to USB removable media
was a workaround for unreasonably large RAM requirements of the installer.

Beginning in Fedora 17 the installer runs in 512MB RAM, so the primary
reason for the intermediate device is no more.  Yet the ability to
create such an intermediate device, or more generally to do an install
to a "remote" drive, still is valuable for cases where there are issues
with connectivity, capacity, performance, etc.  Old laptops come to mind.


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