People do not understand the desktop installer

Andre Rodovalho andre.rodovalho at
Thu Oct 24 15:46:46 UTC 2013

Yes... Today, a little knowledge about partitions is required... But at
least, some warning should be displayed before applying modifications!

I guess a graph showing how the partitions will look like after
modifications might help users to understand what is being done. Something
similar to the graph presented before, at choosing step... Confirmation on
this crucial steps is important!

2013/10/24 Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at>

> Hi everybody,
> Today, there is another person, who misunderstood the partitioning
> dialogue of the desktop installer.
> 'When I went to install 13.10 I chose the option to remove windows and
> replace with Ubuntu. I had two partitions when I chose this. One with
> files I wanted to keep and the other being the windows 7 partition. When
> I chose to remove windows I assumed it would be placed on my C drive and
> not my other one. But what actually ended up happening was all my
> partitions merged into one deleting everything. Now I only have Ubuntu
> on my drive. I need help retrieving my files please!'
> -o-
> This is what I have been telling, when describing the One Button Installer
> '...
> Case 1: Tool that is easy to use and just works
> The normal linux installers that come with iso files are complicated to
> use or freeze during the installation process, and you want a tool that
> is easier to use and just works.
> ...
> a. The Desktop Installer is flexible and looks nice, and is generally
> easy to understand, but the partitioning page can make people confused.
> There are several threads at the Ubuntu Forums describing installations,
> where a previous system has been overwritten by mistake. ...'
> It is really too bad, and something that should be improved in 14.04
> Best regards
> Nio
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