I really didn’t want my first post on this forum to be a problem report, but I guess that’s how it goes. I’ve been looking for a Linux distro to settle on for several months, heard and read a lot about Netrunner, so I downloaded both flavors a couple of days ago. My primary interest is in the rolling release version, so I tried that first on my test system.
It’s a Dell Inspiron with 6GB of ram, and a 500GB HD, about 150GB for Windows 8.1, and the rest for Linux, in two main partitions. The Linux partition has these partitions:
/home: (the rest)
I’m by no means a Linux expert, this scheme was recommended to me by a friend as a way to rapidly install Lunix distros without messing up my Windows boot sector. I use EasyBCD to handle dual booting the system. I have installed at least 15 distros this way without incident, pointing BCD to sda3, which is the Linux boot partition. Netrunner rolling is the first distro I have tried that put grub in the Windows boot sector in spite of what I told it to do.
I always use manual set-up, and since I don’t have to make the partitions each time, merely “change” them, it goes quite quickly. I always tell the installer to put the boot in sda3. Netrunner rolling has a warning on the selector that installing the boot anyplace other than sda1 was “not recommended.” I ignored that, and proceeded. When the installation started, I got a warning message, something about formatting, but it made no sense, and had no option other than to close it. When the installation finished, I rebooted, and was greeted with grub in the Windows boot sector. Windows was an option, and when I chose it, I was presented with the EasyBCD menu.
I went into Netrunner and let it update, using the instructions in this forum. It worked wonderfully well, and so did the system, so far as I could tell. I tried several ways to restore my boot sector with some of my tools, but nothing worked short of reinstalling Windows. I installed Windows 7 this time, thinking the problem might be a Windows 8 thing. When I reinstalled EasyBCD in the new Windows, I found that I could get to Netrunner with the grub it installed in sda3, so it installed grub in both places!
I decided to install Netrunner again, so I downloaded a fresh copy, checked the hash, made another USB stick with Rufus (that’s the tool I use for all the installations), formatted the Linux partitions, and reinstalled. The results were exactly the same. Grub installed in both the Windows boot sector AND sda3.
Is this how it is supposed to work? If so, it’s the only distro I’ve run across that does that. I installed Netrunner 14 on the system last night, it installed without incident, and I’m happily evaluating it as we speak. I hope that this problem is something I did wrong, or that I missed about the system, because I would really like to use the rolling release. At the present time, I still need Windows on my primary machines, and don’t want to have to reinstall them. Sorry this is so long.