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Fast-Nop2951913dSame reason why Windows has the habit to overwrite boot sectors and shit: because MS doesn't expect anyone to use anything other than Windows.
On the other hand, my EFI partition has only 9 MB used (/boot with the kernels is on a separate partition), so the next question is why 100 MB would even be a problem?
ilPinguino279512dLet's go over the alternatives then :
* Windows allocates more. People will complain about the wasted space.
* Windows will ask on setup. Most people don't even know what an operating system is, so they will call their manufacturers support line (mind you, end users mostly buy prebuilt). Manufacturers will be pissed off. Users are clueless. Indias phonelines will overload and, given the situation, likely burn something.
The more technical users do what they want themselves. Everyone else has a sensible default that assumes the most likely setup.
Fast-Nop2951912d@ilPinguino Best alternative: offer a choice, but suggest reasonable defaults. The clueless user can just click "OK" and will have it working. This pattern is pretty common under Windows if you think of "wizard" style installers.
Also, manufacturers won't be pissed about additional choices because they don't use manual setup. They have pre-built complete OS images.