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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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