|>The user shouldn’t have to configure a GUI. It should simply work, right out of the box.
>That is the price you pay for attempting to market an OS to people who refuse to learn about it.
What’s this thing about “market”?
Anyway, I love Debian. I wish I had the programming skills to contribute to it.
Suggestions from a non-programmer:
1) some kind of search ability in dselect
2) a way to present things in dselect as expandable/collapsible groups, from more general to more specific
3) a way to navigate more quickly through dselect
4) perhaps a tree-like arrangement of dependent packages? or like 2) above?
I appreciate the logic and simplicity available when installing Debian. It helped when I installed it on my 486/33 with 8Mb (I don’t remember which version I installed; it was about the time RH 6.0 came out). The installation of Debian 2.2 went just as smoothly on a K6-2 350 w/256Mb recently. Neither installation would have been easier by being “graphical”. Each would, in fact, have been harder because of the hardware involved.
I have installed every major distribution on various machines. The biggest difference in installing Debian, for me, is that you deal with many more configuration issues up front during the installation instead of having them nag and annoy you over days or weeks with other distributions. I like that. As someone else pointed out, you install Debian once and use it a long time.
I do not need an automagical GUI and mouse configurator just to give me eye candy during installation. I don’t trust magic. I do trust the people who created, create and maintain Debian, due to my experiences with the distribution.
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