Windows based installation of Fedora Linux?

Douglas McClendon dmc.fedora at
Sun Sep 2 20:34:40 UTC 2007

King InuYasha wrote:
> 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....

My theory, was that it would be less work to get ananconda to handle 
that*, than it would be to port anaconda to windows.

Again, this is only from the perspective of allowing the user to 
download an installer in windows, and then reboot straight to their 
installed linux, without the intermediary step of burning a bootable 
install cd, and booting from it.

 From the perspective that I think you are talking about, of just doing 
a 'normal installation' (e.g. download bootable installable iso, then 
boot from it), it is indeed much simpler, and perhaps just a matter of 
ressurrecting functionality that existed many years ago.


* (especially if for personal rebootless reasons I was going to do most 
of the foundation work anyway)

> On 9/2/07, Douglas McClendon <dmc.fedora at> wrote:
>> Jonathan Steffan wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> 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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