Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71565
`DOS' renamed / replaced by `Windows' quite some time ago
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:32 EDT
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Description of problem:
Lilo (and lilely grub) detects existing Operating Systems installed on fat32
partitions and adds the label `DOS'. The `DOS' Operating System was apparently
renamed `Windows' some time ago. Really, its true! :)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install Red Hat on a machine with another Oeprating System that lives on a
2.Look at the label lilo gives that OS
Actual Results: It says `DOS'. You're using Windows. Which these days is a
different Operating System from DOS.
Expected Results: It should say `Windows'.
Apparently this `Windows' is an Operating System like Red Hat Linux is! It's
like `DOS', but newer, and made by a company called `Microsoft'. I know it
sounds fanciful, but apparently people that use this `Windows' find the label
`DOS' kinda amusing in 2002. :)
I may have reported this bug before, but I can't find it in Bugzilla and its
still there. Sorry if this is a duplicate.
Also, most DOS installations which are capable of reading/writing FAT32
partitions identify themselves as some form of "Windows" in response to the VER
For the note: Grub has indeed the same problem.
Oh, I just noticed that the component listed in this bug is LILO... I might be
incorrect, but wouldn't anaconda be more appropriate? As far as I can tell, it's
anaconda that's deciding to add the "DOS" label.
Please change component to Anaconda.
Can this be changed to say something among the following labels, perhaps with
some intelligent detection:
Can't find the older bug to dupe this against, but the short speech is that
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft and therefore we can't do it.
Fair enough, but here's two options that avoid this problem and fix the bug:
* `Win32' doesn't seem to be a trademark and is an accurate description of the
* With a modern 640 x 480 Lilo boot message, Red Hat could easily fit an
unobtrusive `All trademarks are the property of their respective owners' in a
small all-cap font.
I'm in agreement regarding "Win32". Any possibilty here? Just anything but
"DOS". It is misleading these days and possibly confusing to new users.
Sorry, not changing this this late... it has too many effects on documentation
and the like