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Re: Pre-linux Windows program - was Re: bill gates Linux


On Sun, Dec 08, 2002 at 02:25:19PM +0000, John Lines wrote:

> Reading the thread on installation from Windows - one thing which might help
> new Linux users would be a program which they ran from Windows before they
> started, which would record all the things Windows knows about their system
> which will be required by a Linux installation.
> This could include information on the hardware, such as graphics cards, and
> some things related to the user, such as language settings and time zones.
> These could be written to a floppy and used to supply the information which
> Debian Installer will need (a bit like a RedHat Kickstart floppy)

Another idea: why not support an installation in an ext2 filesystem
which is really a big file on a Windows VFAT partition, mounted using a
loopback device? That would do away with all the partitioning; that
would only be needed when the user wants to get rid of the relatively
minor performance penalty of the extra FS layer.

Can Linux work with a loopback root fs, using initrd to set it up?



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