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    LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Submitted by hgesser on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 – 00:33
    Abstract: We want to create a user-friendly Linux installer so that we can provide a Debian distribution to our readers and bring updates and new packages in every issue, helping them to keep an up-to-date and stable Linux system.

    At LinuxUser, www.linux-user.de,
    a German Linux magazine for Linux newbies and medium level users, we’d like to introduce regular Debian package updates on our cover CD-ROM. We’ve been enduring many troubles with proving packages for all so many Linux distributions, dealing with missing packages, libraries, and incompatibilities.

    Now we had the idea to create a more user-friendly Debian installer; one that a typical reader of our magazine won’t have too many problems with.

    We’ve written a longer article for those who would be interested in this idea, it is available at
    http://www.linux-user.de/Info/help-debian.html.

    Any comments on our idea would be very welcome. We’ve set up a simple forum site (link is in the article), so if you want to keep the discussion out of this site, you can use ours.

    Thanks for any help or ideas in advance!

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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: Overfiend
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/04/02 – 08:28
    I think it is probably much too late in the game to
    push PGI as the default installer for Debian.

    Also, PGI has only been “ported” to two architectures
    so far; i386 and ia64. I am both personally and
    professionally interested in contributions from
    people who’d like to get PGI working on more
    architectures.

    By the way, you may want to read more about PGI
    at its website.

    Progeny is considering making PGI-based Debian 3.0
    installation ISO images available on the web as a
    way of promoting both Debian, and this installer.
    I also think that PGI-based installer disks might
    be attractive options for third-party Debian CD
    vendors.

    (In fact, some already exist.)

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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2002/04/04 – 17:44
    Careful I tried the ISO’s listed and they are not near complete. The first parts of the install work but the gui for tasksel does not install anything, you tell it to install package sets, it opens an console window that in progeny was dpkg/apt running, but in the iso dated 1Apr2002 it opens the console but nothing runs inside of it.
    Once they get it working it will be very nice.
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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: simms
    Date: Thursday, 2002/04/04 – 17:32
    yeah, those ISOs look tempting.
    what’s on them? a pgi-woody snapshot?

    i find myself in a similar situation. i love debian and run it on my webserver, but rarely recommend it to anyone because of the installation issues, despite its unparalleled stability.
    the machine is an awesome 24/7/365 firewall, router, web/ftp server, and network storage server. i even have a vt320 terminal attached to it. however, sound, usb, video capture, and printing capabilities are basically nil. all in all, i’m using maybe 10% of its capacity.

    imho, simple auto-detection and configuration would make debian the #1 all-round OS out there.
    that’s why we should support this project.

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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/04/03 – 13:09
    I for one would love to see PGI-based Debian 3.0 ISOs. I use Debian on four systems every day, but I am still recommending RH or MDK to friends because of their slick installation.

    BTW, what exactly are those ISO files? Is it a base Debian unstable installation, or is it a specialized Debian install?

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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/04/03 – 09:25
    If you don’t have a mailing list for this

    project, I don’t think much people will join in. Mostly, poeple lurking around a bit before they start to scratch their itches.

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    Subject: Re: LinuxUser magazine: Putting Debian on readers’ desktops
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/04/02 – 15:32
    If the problem is portability, it could be done an installer using a cross-platform library, such as Allegro. Maybe some pieces of source could be borrowed from other installers, like pgi.
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