Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 16th Aug 2006 23:02 UTC, submitted by Jakub
SuSE, openSUSE The new "Linux-enabled" Lenovo laptop launched this week at LinuxWorld will not actually come "pre-loaded" with Novell SUSE Linux, a high-ranking Lenovo official said today, contradicting some industry reports stating otherwise.
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Install type
by nsrbrake on Thu 17th Aug 2006 01:52 UTC
nsrbrake
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2006-08-17

If they preinstalled the OS, they would have to offer an install type option to determine the partition setup, so then they are into additional complexity when it's just as easy for someone to put the cd/dvd in and boot the machine when they first get it. Besides the fact that when people buy a machine with windows installed it's usually only so far into the install and you have to run through the rest of the setup on first boot, which is frankly as much time (30 minutes tops) as it would take to run through and install the linux distro that came with the machine and has all the drivers on disc. In fact the only difference I see here is that with windows it is always the minimal os install with your prefered programs being installed after the fact and with linux you will always be installing a set of programs included with the distro that will vary according to your intended use (job/hobby/whatever) of the machine. There is a lot of options with a linux install because it includes so much. Leaving the whole install to the user is the easiest and best way to make everyone happy with the least amount of pain, all round. I'm sure lots of people that opt for the no-os linux supported laptop will install windows, for better or worse, so pre-installing would have to take that into account. How about swap space, if you order a laptop with 512MB of ram and want your swap to be 1GB, or you bought 2GB...

Anyone have a way to preinstall the os taking these things into account that are less complicated for both user and Lenovo?

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RE: Install type
by anda_skoa on Thu 17th Aug 2006 12:02 in reply to "Install type"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Anyone have a way to preinstall the os taking these things into account that are less complicated for both user and Lenovo?

In one of the recent Novell Linux reviews it said that one could create some kind of installtion profile and run unattendet installtions with it.

So it would only take a tool or web application to answer all those installation choices and then send the profile to Lenovo.

In the best case it would be just another page after the hardware configuration on their built-to-order website

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RE: Install type
by DrillSgt on Thu 17th Aug 2006 14:16 in reply to "Install type"
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2005-12-02

"If they preinstalled the OS, they would have to offer an install type option to determine the partition setup, so then they are into additional complexity when it's just as easy for someone to put the cd/dvd in and boot the machine when they first get it."

It is not that complex. Dell for example offers this with Windows machines, desktops and laptops on the business side. You can specify custom partitions. Either way they make an image then install all the machines the same. I would not think it would be that hard for Lenovo to do.

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