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How to simplify partitioning during install for people who are new to Linux

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Currently, you have to know a thing or two about partitioning if you want to install openSUSE. I've found that it's possible to simplify the partitioning process by suggesting two frequently used configurations alongside the advanced partitioning system that is currently used by the installer.

The installer would show three partitioning options:

  • "Install alongside current OS" (only if the hard disk holds an OS)
  • "Use the entire hard disk for openSUSE"
  • "Advanced partitioning"

When the user opts for a dualboot alongside Windows or another OS, the user can choose how much space will remain for the current OS and how much space is allocated to openSUSE.

The Ubuntu guys have been very clever about this. Here's how they do it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrWqKbqDQpU (skip to 2:32)

Notice how people who opt for the dualboot don't have to worry about mount points, swap partitions etc. All the user has to do is drag the slider (visible at 2:42) to tell the installer how much space should be used for both operating systems.

The openSUSE installer could then, like it already can, automatically determine how much of the space allocated to openSUSE should be used for the root partition, the /home partition and the swap partition.

Advanced users can still use the "Advanced partitioning" option to use the installer's built-in partition editor.

User benefit:

It will remove a hurdle for people who are new to Linux and increase the overall user-friendliness of the installer.


icons/user_comment.png A. B. wrote: (7 years ago)

Great request, most of windows user don't know about it(I think better they don't know it), buuuuuuuuut...it will be great to have "lessons" about this technical procedures!!

Last change: 7 years ago
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