Bug 71565 - `DOS' renamed / replaced by `Windows' quite some time ago
`DOS' renamed / replaced by `Windows' quite some time ago
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-08-15 05:01 EDT by Mike MacCana
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:45 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-09-25 17:55:09 EDT
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Description Mike MacCana 2002-08-15 05:01:08 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):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install Red Hat on a machine with another Oeprating System that lives on a
vfat partition
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'. 

Additional info:

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.
Comment 1 Barry K. Nathan 2002-08-16 03:37:51 EDT
Also, most DOS installations which are capable of reading/writing FAT32
partitions identify themselves as some form of "Windows" in response to the VER
Comment 2 Taco Witte 2002-08-16 14:30:38 EDT
For the note: Grub has indeed the same problem.
Comment 3 Barry K. Nathan 2002-08-17 02:55:51 EDT
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.
Comment 4 Warren Togami 2002-08-17 04:50:17 EDT
Please change component to Anaconda.
Comment 5 Mike MacCana 2002-08-17 05:05:59 EDT
Changed accordingly.
Comment 6 Warren Togami 2002-08-18 04:35:02 EDT
Can this be changed to say something among the following labels, perhaps with
some intelligent detection:

Windows (FAT32)
Windows/DOS (FAT16)
Windows (NTFS)
Comment 7 Jeremy Katz 2002-08-18 13:17:27 EDT
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.
Comment 8 Mike MacCana 2002-08-19 05:56:33 EDT
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.  
Comment 9 Warren Togami 2002-08-19 07:51:03 EDT
I'm in agreement regarding "Win32".  Any possibilty here?  Just anything but
"DOS".  It is misleading these days and possibly confusing to new users.
Comment 10 Jeremy Katz 2002-08-21 23:41:46 EDT
Sorry, not changing this this late... it has too many effects on documentation
and the like
Comment 11 Jeremy Katz 2003-09-25 17:55:09 EDT

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