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From: Yedidyah Bar-David
Subject: Re: NTFS
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 22:14:07 +0200
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On Thu, Jan 22, 2004 at 07:55:10PM +0100, Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> On Wednesday 21 January 2004 21:55, Sergey Matveychuk wrote:
> > > The 8th result talks about '[bug #4149] Booting GRUB from
> > > WinNT/WinXP' which has some kind of an ntfs driver.
> >
> > Well, if there is a patch, why it's not committed in CVS yet?
> Because the submitter didn't explain why the patch was so important. If 
> one wants to integrate his/her own patch with the official source tree, 
> it is essential to describe the background, the motivation, etc.

I won't talk for the OP, only about my interests.
I am a sysadmin at cs.tau.ac.il. I use grub mainly for netbooting,
and therefore mostly interested in the recent activity towards more
UNDI support.
My main interest in ntfs is for instaparties: I wish to prepare a
CD that students can take home, unzip to their harddisk, edit their
boot.ini, and have Linux up and running. Then bring it to the
"Installation Party", which will mostly be about configuring the
already-installed Linux. The three main problems, for me, with
normal instaparties, are: 1. Waste of time on waiting for defragging
and copying 2. repartitioning 3. boot problems. This way I intend
to solve these 3 problems. I of course expect students that are
really interested, to learn Linux for a few months, then install
something (probably a different/newer distro than what I put on this
CD) by themselves. But I don't see why I and them should invest effort
and time in something that will only be used to prepare their homework.
Sorry for the long and boring reply - but I hope that this makes clear
my own motivations. I of course, again, do not talk for the OP. As I
said earlier, earlier versions worked for me only some of the time, so
I don't even know if the current version is ready.

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