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Improve installer (disk partitioning, bootloader)
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The solus installer is great but it misses some advanced disk features that almost all other distribution installers offers.
Since Solus is designed for everyone, it would be nice to consider adding the following points in the improvement list, even if flagged as low priority.

  1. There is no disk partitioning options during the installation. Of course it is not a big problem since graphical and user-friendly tools like gparted are shipped by default. Perhaps, it would be good to add a button to lauch gparted on the Where should we install? screen. This could be a quick win to increase friendliness.
  1. Another feature that should be added is the possibility to choose where the bootloader should be installed. This was already requested in T2299 and flagged as invalid but imho not all scenarios where considered :

If a user wants to install Solus on an external device (external disk, USB flashdrive, ...) and make it bootable so he/she can run it from everywhere (cybercafe, hotel, friend's place, at work, ...) or simply to have a standalone test disk, it should be possible to install the bootloader on the external driver instead of updating the existing bootloader of the machine.

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Perhaps, it would be good to add a button to lauch gparted on the Where should we install? screen. This could be a quick win to increase friendliness.

Don't you think we tried that first? :P After gparted exists, libparted in our process space no longer has a clear picture of the the disks or system, which
led to failed installations

If a user wants to install Solus on an external device (external disk, USB flashdrive, ...) and make it bootable so he/she can run it from everywhere

Cool but that's not what an installer is for. IMO that's a persistent live system. If you want to achieve this, do not boot in UEFI mode, and then do a full
disk installation to the USB stick and select it as the bootloader target. When we install the "bootloader" (UEFI stub loader) on UEFI we register that static
device path with the efi variables. So a disappearing disk is not a good candidate for this.

kyrios123 added a comment.EditedFeb 21 2017, 12:14 PM

@ikey I did suspect that adding advanced disk partitioning into the installer is a complex thing that wasn't a priority. That's why I suggested this workaround until it could be implemented. I didn't know you tried it already and it was causing issue (sorry, I know for you it's a totally n00b suggestion, but I jumped into Solus very recently).

I have installed the USB stick in legacy mode as you advise. Thanks for the trick ! :)

I guess this request can be closed, again all apologize. I do try to search previous similar requests first to avoid disturbing with stupid questions, but it sometimes happen that I miss a request or that I don't find the answer to my idea in what I found.

DataDrake triaged this task as Low priority.Oct 16 2018, 6:52 PM