Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 49596
RFE: OS commonly installed on FAT partitions is now called `windows'
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:34:58 EDT
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Description of problem:
The installer gives OSs installed on FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32 partitions the
name of `dos'. This isn't correct. The DOS kernel was renamed Windows in
1995. Windows NT can also be installed on MSDOS partitions, and, oddly
enough, is also called `windows'.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Red Hat on a dual boot system
2. Examing the name the installer gives to lilo to refer to OSs installed
on FAT partitiions.
Actual Results: It says `dos'
Expected Results: It should say `windows'
Even better, the user should be able to change the default name at install time,
so one could choose "win", for instance. And people who have a plain DOS on
FAT12 or FAT16 would not be forced to use "windows". Btw, "dos" is faster to
type than "windows" in LILO. ;-) If you don't like it, change and re-write
/etc/lilo.conf after installation.
* The user can change the amee at install time, if I remeber correctly
* Lilo defaults to graphical mode on recent versions of Red Hat, so character
length isn't really important.
* The 99.9% of people using Windows on FAT partitions shouldn't have to change
So, since the user knows exactly what kind of OS is installed on his non-Linux
partitions, he's free to change the default name.
This isn't a lilo issue. Lilo uses whatever name is in the lilo.conf file.
That name is put there by the install code (anaconda). I'm chaning the
component and the install guys can decide if this issue merits doing anything
I'll mark this as an RFE. We are in a feature freeze at the moment, so I'll
defer this until a future release.
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