[CentOS] WUBI like process for CentOS ?

Ralph Angenendt ra+centos at br-online.de
Tue Aug 12 14:16:19 UTC 2008


Ned Slider wrote:
> Sven wrote:
>> On 8/12/08, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
>>>  Now the question: is there anyway to get something similar for CentOS ? or
>>> is there a process that someone might follow to achieve the same or similar
>>> result ?
>>
>> I am just curious. What is the use case for Wubi based installation of
>> CentOS? IMHO is the CentOS installation process (also the Ubuntu one)
>> very user friendly. The problem for most Windows users is the
>> operation and daily use of Linux. They don't wish to use command line
>> and miss their favorite software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, etc).
>
> I agree - I think that whilst features like this may be appealing to the  
> goals of Ubuntu, they do not necessarily match the goals of the CentOS  
> project. Anyone capable of installing that other popular OS should not  
> have any problems with the CentOS installer. New users tend to struggle  
> more with the concepts of disk partitioning, freeing space for the  
> installation (if performing a dual boot install which is presumably the  
> target audience for such an installer) and generally using the software  
> once installed. I think anyone that *needs* a WUBI-type installer is  
> going to struggle to configure and use CentOS once installed.

I think you both are missing the point: Wubi is *not* about installing
CentOS (or rather Ubuntu) from Windows, it is installing the linux
system *under* Windows into a disk image and then starting from that
disk image out of the windows boot manager. No partitioning required and
if you want to remove your linux, you just remove the two disk images it
creates (and the boot entry).

Kind of like the old SuSE installs into DOS partitions (with syslinux). 

> JMHO, but I would think other stuff like a ServerCD (or rebuilding  
> FastTrack packages) would be higher on the project's list of priorities.

Same here.

Ralph
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