Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 242979
Installation Feature Requests (FutureFeature)
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:06 EST
I have worked through MANY redhat and fedora installations over the years, most
of them installing new over existing /boot, /, and swap partitions (I always
protect my data on their own partition, /usr/local, which is not formatted).
It has always been an irritant that a clean install defaults to completely wipe
out one's data if not careful. The menu has improved but I would I would like
to see the following features for a standard Fedora install:
1. If there are any linux partitions found, the default should be to customize
the linux partitions. Let the user change that if desired.
2. During a custom partitioning selection, any existing partition label should
be retained, even though the partition is formatted.
*** Bug 242980 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
That then means that users end up defaulted to having to manually partition
rather than the default of automatically doing something reasonable. Just
because the user has previously installed Linux doesn't mean that they want to
be confronted with doing custom partitioning by default.
It seems to me that the default for an installation program which finds an
existing linux installation is to do no harm and default to asking for custom