Windows based installation of Fedora Linux?
ngompa13 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 3 04:19:37 UTC 2007
I'm talking about using a fully Win32-based installer to install Fedora into
a disk image file and then run firstboot onward from the Linux side. I guess
that would mean extending anaconda yet again to include more
On 9/2/07, Douglas McClendon <dmc.fedora at filteredperception.org> wrote:
> King InuYasha wrote:
> > I dunno about booting a RW version of the livecd ext3 image and then
> > installation that way, it might be simpler just to go ahead and do
> > installation but instead to a file on the Windows partition within
> > Simply to not have the redundancy..... It could invoke firstboot
> 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 filteredperception.org> wrote:
> >> Jonathan Steffan wrote:
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> >>> King InuYasha wrote:
> >>>> Hello,
> >>>> I recently discovered a very interesting project called Wubi (
> >>>> http://wubi-installer.org/) 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
> >> 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
> >>>> 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
> >>> 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,
> >> 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
> >> 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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