for your tireless work.
Honestly I can see any User doing as much damage to a KDE PCLinuxOS installation simply 'right clicking' the Desktop, which maybe you are alluding with script hidethecashew
, however it is not mentioned so most likely not.Also "unlocking Panel Settings and Widgets", can give a new User a few hours of cursing too.
Really I'm not sure why such sensitivity about the 'Cashew' has arisen when it has always been there, as long as I've been using PCLOS since 2009, as far as I remember. (?)
As far as coupling a 'Live' v. of PCLinuxOS with Win XP, or Vista, or Win7 there's quite a few options, or nuisances with the way Windows is Distrubuted which make it a really bad idea from my perspective.
1.) OEM install of Windows. With no Disk, just the 25 Digit product Key
2.) A Recovery Disk version of Windows, which activates a fresh install of Windows from a hidden partition, which could overlap with 1.)
3. Simplest; a Damn Windows Disk, and the right to uninstall, re-install. *Can I distribute a remastered version of PCLinuxOS?
Probably have just confused everybody, as I am trying hard myself to understand what purpose llewellyn is serving.
Simply handing a friend a Live DVD, or medium that suits is most practical as it can be used as intended; Trial a Live PCLinuxOS version.
Next; create a 'Dual Boot' situation.
Or as suggested by Just17 a VirtualBox solution.llewellyn:
There are two conditions present. Mostly the owner of the computer badly wants Win7 off his machine
He cannot uninstall and reinstall 7 or the XP he had before because the machine was supplied with windows installed and no disks to enable him to re install.
Disks are available from Microsoft which has to be a consideration. Why people loose their disks is not MS's fault, whether it be a Company's Recovery Disks, to access the Windows installation Partition, or the offical MS Windows installation disk. I've been doing this so long and a call to Microsoft can be quite easily a fix to either scenario. It costs money is all !
Also, you can wipe any busted Win install HDD with a Live CD (our default terminology, or mine) by running:
[root@localhost ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4096
Zeroing (wiping clean) the Hard Drive. Search: Old-Polack.
This is my way of dealing with infected Win HDD's these days, and is free if you have a "LiveCD."
I totally agree with Just17:
You would probably break less of course if you provided the means to use a VDi in VirtualBox that matches the licence for the PC on which you are doing the install.
I don't know what others' attitude might be, but I would be inclined to keep a VDi of XP & Win7 separate and provide one as a separate facility from yourself to the owner, and not have it included in the remaster.
My attitude is:
I guess what I am trying to say is that you should keep PCLOS 'clean' so there is no come-back on PCLinuxOS and do what you need to do afterwards.
...... of course maybe that is what you are doing ......
You could get PCLinuxOS into a legal problem from what I've read llewellyn, through being a little clumsy with your Remastering.
I'd take the clearest, simplest path as I've tried to (probably very badly) explained. And other wiser than I. *** Notice to all would be remaster creators ***