Mateusz Viste composed on 2016-02-23 09:28 (UTC+0100):

> I'm going with Louis on this one. When installing FreeDOS, I'd expect 
> the installer to overwrite my MBR with clean boot code, so I don't have 
> any troubles booting FreeDOS post install. That's what MS-DOS did, and 
> that's what I expect from any OS in fact.

I expect more sophistication than such belligerence. Even WinXP checks MBR
code compatibility, and leaves it undisturbed if OK.

> Naturally, an appropriately big warning must be presented before doing 
> so, and if the user knows he has some tricky configuration (multi-boot), 
> he should be able to select an option "leave my MBR alone please, I will 
> take care of it myself".

This I find acceptable, and inconsistent with your previous paragraph. All
the non-ancient Linux installers I'm familiar with allow the MBR to be kept
undisturbed, even if it means the new Linux installation seems won't be 
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words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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