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From: Dan Armak <danarmak@g.o>
Subject: Re: Gentoo installer project
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 12:58:30 +0200
On Monday 26 January 2004 11:57, dams@g.o wrote:
> But before this distinction, I'd like your input about the global direction
> of the installer :
> - should it be minimalist : partitioning, network, install X if desktop
>   oriented, and reboot. At first boot, have configuration tools + software
>   manager (to install stuff)  displayed. This is what I'd prefer, because
> there is no duplication, and you could call the config step after install.
> - should it be complete : partitioning, network, different installation
> groups, full config (net, users, security, server packages, printing,
> sound, ...)

For many configuration purposes it doesn't matter whether you've actually 
booted this system or are in a chroot. You can offer to run the 
configurator/package manager or reboot. (Or even integrate the installer and 
configurator.) If eg a kernel driver is missing, things won't work but won't 
be broken either; we just need to suggest to the user that he should reboot.

What if any things can't be configured normally when in a fully installed 
chroot? Kernel drivers we don't provide in the install environment. And of 
course if the env outside the chroot is eg a live system from another 
partition, you probably don't want to mess with h/w settings. In most cases 
though you shouldn't care whether you configure things before or after the 
first reboot, esp. if you don't actually try to run them.

Dan Armak
Gentoo Linux developer (KDE)
Matan, Israel
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