Windows based installation of Fedora Linux?

King InuYasha ngompa13 at
Sun Sep 2 20:16:04 UTC 2007

I dunno about booting a RW version of the livecd ext3 image and then finish
installation that way, it might be simpler just to go ahead and do normal
installation but instead to a file on the Windows partition within Windows.
Simply to not have the redundancy..... It could invoke firstboot though....

On 9/2/07, Douglas McClendon <dmc.fedora at> wrote:
> 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....
> -dmc
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