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To: "Derek J. Belrose" <derek@...>
From: Brian Harring <bdharring@...>
Subject: Re: GUI installer
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 04:34:37 -0500
While I think an X based installer would be nice, I think we might benefit 
from first doing up a cli based installer first... at the very least, we 
would need a cli portage viewer/manager, which would be a nice package on 
it's own...

Something also I thought about (and have been playing with), is having 
essentially a two stage process for the installer- basically everything prior 
to the chroot, and then everything after.  Why?  Well, it would be nice to 
have the first half of the installer handle all the fdisking, untarring, etc.  
>From there, it chroots, emerge syncs and emerge portages, then pulls down the 
newest version of itself, and runs that.

>From there, if we wanted we could probably setup some simple equivalent of a 
quicky binary x server/svgalib for a x based installer.  Meanwhile, if we 
have at least a basic cli installer setup, that would be immediately useful 
for the cd's, and w/ an update capability, we could push a graphical 
installer down to the user once we have it ready...
Thoughts?
~harring
bdharring@...

On Sunday 13 April 2003 04:30 am, Derek J. Belrose wrote:
> The only real way I can think of is to do some checks on if X is
> running, and if it is, use a graphical toolkit for X...if not, use a
> terminal based kit like ncurses.
>
> I like this idea.  I should download a liveCD to throw some code on and
> do tests.
>
> Is anyone against pyGTK or something like it?  pyQT?  wxPython?
>
> Is anyone against python? :)
>
> Cedric Veilleux wrote:
> >Why not simply use gentoo's livecd?
> >
> >The livecd can boot the user into a fully loaded console or X workstation,
> >with all the tools needed.
> >
> >The installer could be an additional tool on the liveCD system.. Anybody
> > knows a GUI abstration toolkit that can generate either terminal based or
> > X based interface, depending on what's available at runtime?
> >
> >This way the same installer could be used if X is not working or can't be
> >used.
> >
> >In both environment (terminal / X), multitasking would be possible so
> >experienced users could perform manual tasks while the installer is
> > waiting for input..
> >
> >
> >Just my 2 cents,
> >
> >Cedric
>
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