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From: Alain Penders <alain@g.o>
Subject: Re: GUI installer
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 10:33:32 -0600
The main installer that was being worked on is Cursing Cow.  Both developers 
that were working on it recently left Gentoo, however.

If someone wanted to continue it's development, we probably can get the 
information needed from them.  From what I know, it's in pretty good 
condition...  part of it needed to be rewritten, but nothing major.

There's at least one (I think two) other installers in CVS, but I have no idea 
on their status or where they were left at.


Building a good installer goes beyond installing Gentoo.  For example, if the
installer has a module to configure networking, that module should be written
so that it works in the installer, but also in an after-install system 
configuration tool.   Installers also need to be able to handle updates or
"corrective installs", which means integration with configuration file 
management.

Alain



On Fri, Apr 11, 2003 at 05:04:10PM -0600, Jeff Rose wrote:
> Hello,
> 	I'm pretty new to gentoo, but I am an instant convert.  Just a
> few months of emerge bliss and now I'm an avid supporter.  Anyway, I'm
> thinking about starting a summer project and I'm pondering the idea of a
> gui installer.  I've been looking around a bit and it doesn't look like
> anyone is working on one.  Is that true?  If there isn't already a project
> then I think I'll give it a whirl.  I know, I know, gentoo is so great
> because it allows you to customize and tweak the hell out of everything.
> That is completely true.  So, an installer would have to allow just as
> much but it could take care of the mundane details for those who aren't
> interested or knowledgable enough.
> 	I haven't been around to see what people discuss in terms of the
> installer so I'm sorry if this is all stuff that you have gone over
> hundreds of times.  Even more minimal than a gui installer, have you
> thought about adding more scripts to do the standard directory setup,
> download, chroot... type of stuff?
> 	What do you think?
> 
> -Jeff
> 
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