ThistleWeb wrote:You have to install it on "a" partition, at least one. If you opt to format it, it will clear the space so there are no conflicts with anything that's already there. Usually the only reasons you wouldn't want to format is if it's an existing /home partition with your data inside it, or if you've already formatted with gparted. Just because the installer doesn't have a format option (an oversight as far as I'm concerned) it doesn't mean you don't need to. If I recall, you'll need to create your partitions in gparted before running the installer, so you can select them.
ThistleWeb wrote:Right click on the partition to select it, it brings up extra options. The edit partitions button opens gparted, where you can make changes, close gparted and refresh the installer to see those changes. Right click to tell it what to use as what.
DrHu wrote:In general and especially for Linux, formatting in order to make use of a partition is normally mandatory, this is the conservative approach which ensures that the install of the OS will be clean
Despite that, some Linux distributions allow saving your data while installing the OS
--doesn't mean they also don't format the partition, simply that they copy the /home (for example) elsewhere while they install the OS..
Of course any Linux distributor could make a decision to change that process, and no doubt they should inform the user/installer, but sometimes some things do get missed
User testing is not a big part of Linux, just getting a collection of hardware and software to inter-operate is a bigger concern..http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions ... be-removed
The other choice is something like Ubuntu's WUBI, which allows Linux installations into the host file tree..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_%28Ub ... staller%29
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