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No problem then. Don't work on it.
On Fri, 18 Apr 2003, Mark Bainter wrote:
> Jeff Rose [rosejn@...] wrote:
> > Well, I'm glad to see that people are interested. After doing some
> > initial research I have some thoughts. First, we should decide on whether
> > we want to have a terminal or X based installer. Does anyone know how
> You know. I'm sooooooooooooo tired of this topic. Is there
> any way we can get this added to the FAQ, with maybe a link
> to the oh, 20 or 30 threads about this that have popped up
> already on this list?
> While it won't stop everyone, more people read FAQs than
> search mailing lists before posting I'm sure. At least it'd
> cut it down a little right?
> > well the generic vesa driver works for X? I personally have battled with
> > X so many times that I'm not sure I think its worth it for an installer.
> No. It isn't. But not because of battling with it, but because
> once you do it you instantly bloat the size of the install CD.
> Thanks, but no thanks. -blech-
> > (Although we could just use the RedHat stuff for autodetection etc. if we
> > want to go that direction.) Besides X we could use ncurses dialog
> > widgets or another terminal gui package. I was thinking it would be cool
> > to use somethine lighter than X like svgalib. I have no experience with
> Ok, I'm going to summarize my opinion on this into just a short
> blurb. I'm sorry for not being more verbose, but I just went
> through all this not more than a couple weeks ago.
> A GUI installer lowers the bar for entry on gentoo. Right now
> many people who might want to use Gentoo, but are yet ready for
> it do not attempt to use it because the install holds the bar
> too high. That's a good thing. If we lower the bar so anyone's
> grandma can install Gentoo, anyone's grandma will be flooding
> the gentoo lists and forums with worthless questions that should
> not need to be asked by someone using Gentoo.
> Gentoo is not a newbie distribution, and putting a pretty
> installer on the front of it, regardless of its flexibility,
> presents a representation of the skill level required to
> use and maintain it.
> So, once again, I vote NO on a GUI installer.
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