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Old 08-07-2011, 10:39 AM   #16
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I have run Ubuntu testing OS' for a long time. This includes 9.10-testing where grub2 (grub-pc) was dropped on us at alpha2 with no documentation.

There is, and always has been, an option during install as to where you want grub installed.

It is true that Ubuntu has seen fit to "improve" the installer so that these options are obscured but they are still there. When installing anything you need to really read the stuff and check all the options. This has, in the case of Ubuntu, gotten to be very important.

What you are calling part of the install process is, in fact, part of one of the automatic installs offered on the install media. I have never felt that turning over my machine to someone elses idea of how things should be installed to be a very good idea. Ubuntu likes it a lot though and now you can see just how wonderful the idea is if you are trying to do anything outside the very small box Ubuntu figures the average user is in.

Most folks in testing fought with the devs on the installer, one guy in particular is still at it. You would not believe how much worse it could be unless you have been doing ISO testing for Ubuntu for that last several cycles.

I gave it up on this current cycle. Ubuntu can ruin itself with out my help.

Be very careful the next time you install Ubuntu and you will find the option to install where you want it. There used to be an option to not install it at anywhere. This was handy if multibooting as you could use some other OS to boot with. If you want that option now you need to install grub to somewhere like the root partition of the OS you are installing where it will do nothing at all.

You may understand a little now why I have used manual partitioning before starting the installation process since my 2nd install of Linux. Keep everthing you can in your own hands and the installer will not do neat things like wipe out your main drive mbr in spite of Ubuntus best efforts to do so.


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