Windows based installation of Fedora Linux?

Douglas McClendon dmc.fedora at
Sun Sep 2 20:08:34 UTC 2007

Jonathan Steffan wrote:
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> King InuYasha wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I recently discovered a very interesting project called Wubi (
>> which permits installation of
>> Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu to a disk image file on a Windows drive and makes the
>> appropriate boot entry changes to allow booting to Linux from the disk image
>> file in the Windows partition. Ubuntu Gutsy plans to add it to the official
>> methods of installation, and I was wondering what you guys think about
>> having something similar in Fedora?
> This would be neat and I've looked into it before. From the Virtual
> FUDCon, I've taken that a user needing a windows installer is not in our
> target audience (at least not right now.) With regards to making it an
> "unofficial" installer to prove it's viability, I'm all for it. Fedora
> sponsored/official live images were sparked by community initiative, a
> 'from windows' installer might be an example in the future. I don't
> particularly like the way Wubi gets things done, but give the concept
> merit. I'd look at helping to do something similar, but using anaconda
> to do the install among other changes.

I think this is merely a matter of ressurrecting a long-dead feature. 
Wasn't anaconda historically able to install to a file on a vfat partition?

Naturally during those dark ages when a RW ntfs driver was unavailable, 
and the vast majority of windows users used ntfs rather than vfat, this 
was not possible.

The instant that an rw-ntfs driver was in fedora, I was drooling in 
anticipation of this feature returning.

Of course, having a native win32 installer would be pretty cool too, for 
all the reasons wubi is doing it.  Interestingly, I can see a simple 
win32 installer that just installs the livecd ext3 image as is, and then 
lets you run anaconda from an RW version of the livecd image once 
rebooted into linux.  In fact, the changes to get that incarnation of 
anaconda to do the right thing, are nearly identical to the changes I 
have been kicking around to support rebootless installation.  (i.e. the 
stuff anaconda tweaks neads to be the stuff from /, and not /mnt/sysimage).

bwa ha ha....


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