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    Re: Woody’s install process (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, October 27 @ 19:21:46 BST

    I completly agree. That’s why debian-installer is focusing on a good architecture, flexability, automation, and the actual questions that the user gets asked, and postponing worrying about fancy frontends until later.

    — Joey Hess, wondering what happened to his debianplanet login cookie.

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    Re: Woody’s install process (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, October 27 @ 20:32:05 BST

    i completely agree with jguthrie . the instal process doesn’t need to be graphical. the RH graphical install comes with a sidebar that explains partially whch step you’re at and what each choice means (kind of) . That’s usefull for users who want to know what happens.

    Graphical isn’t needed, as long as the information is there.

    One major step though, is to simplify various key elements of the install, such as USB, Video card/monitor/xserver setup. having to select from a list of 10-20 drivers is fine when you know exactly what you’re looking for, but having the ability to select a pre built config from a list of most current video cards is a joy.

    Debian 3.0 has the chance to take a singificantly larger user share, and it’d be a shame if it didn’t just for the sake of keepign the install as technically focused as possible.

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    Re: Woody’s install process (Score: 1)
    by joib on Saturday, October 27 @ 20:43:34 BST
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    Exactly. I don’t see the point of going through the effort of making a graphical installer. Ease of use and speed of install are what’s important. The problem with the debian installer is not that it sucks (which it did last time I used it, see below), but that the debian packaging system with apt-get is too good. Debian ain’t no windows or mandrake, where you in practice have to do a clean install, either to avoid a waterlogged registry or because the upgrade system is too buggy to work correctly. Last time I installed debian from scratch was with slink. Since then I have apt-get dist-upgraded it to potato, and currently I’m running woody. Installing on a new hd is as simple as copying the partitions over to the new hd (use cp -a for best results) and editing fstab and lilo.conf

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