Provide a mean to install a partition offering various services such as recovery of your system.

PROPOSED CHANGES (not discussed yet changes):

Ubiquity will gain an option to copy over the live system in a selected partition, and copy over key information on the main installed system (e.g. UUID of the root partition of the installed system).

Live system (casper or a new package) will be able to work in a new way: rescue / recovery system.

Rescue / recovery system will allow working on the main host system (perhaps to reinstall packages, or the bootloader). It will allow reinstalling the system, with Ubiquity.

Optionally, Update Manager will be changed to allow updates to the recovery partition with up-to-date packages, kernels etc. (security, stable fixes...).

Optionally, Update Manager will be changed to allow dist upgrades from this partition.

Optionally, we will include a new tool to convert an installation from one architecture to another (i386 -> amd64, lpia <-> i386, arm -> armel ;-).

Release Note

During installation, you may now create a recovery partition which has a minimal live Ubuntu system providing tools to rescue or reinstall your main system.


Systems with Ubuntu pre-installed are shipping! \o/ People need a way to reinstall their original operating system or do various other tasks from a clean area: a recovery partition.

Use Cases





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