Installing next to Windows places Linux beyond 137GB and makes system unbootable (grub error 18).
I tried to install Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) on my laptop, a Dell Precision M20.
I was using a new 250GB drive, with Windows XP already installed.
The installer detected the Windows install and offered to set up alongside Windows and even import the user settings - very nice touch there.
Everything looked good until rebooting. Then, grub error 18. Not only can I not boot Linux, my previous Windows install is now also inaccessible. Indeed, as far as any non-expert knows, it is completely destroyed.
This is *not* acceptable. The installer *must not ever* do this. The stories that circulate, after it happens to someone trying Linux out for the first time, do irreparable damage to the reputation of Ubuntu and of Linux in general. Bugs like this stop bug #1 from ever being fixed. They will not get reported, because the user now has no bootable system. Sure, they can run the live CD they just tried to install off. Are they likely to, now that it has just apparently nuked their machine?
Now, I know and you know what the issue is. The kernel and grub data has been put beyond 137GB. If I go back and reinstall the whole thing, putting a /boot partition at the start of the disk, it'll work. I looked around: this bug gets reported all over the place, and always this workaround has been suggested in response and the matter then considered closed.
If Ubuntu needs a /boot partition at the start of the disk then the installer should make one itself. If it can't do that because existing partitions are in the way, then it should explain the problem and must stop the installation.
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