I agree with you on that, but I think that in order to appeal to the
less...linux saavy, or to gain the support of those good with
computers but new to linux, I think a clean gui would be nice in a
different edition maybe. Maybe have on livecd for enterprise, cut and
dry automation, nothing special. And then have a livecd for first
time users or home users, that has a more fedora type install with the
slideshow and with a "What kind of system would you like?" I mean,
maybe I'm thinking of the wrong audience, but I always thought gentoo
was for everyone...not just those who need enterprise functionality...
On Fri, 03 Dec 2004 13:08:10 +0100, Buttchereit, Axel (XLsigned)
> David Longo wrote:
> > Hello Everyone,
> > I have been installing various distros in virtual machines to check
> > out their installers and I came across one thing. With Windows and
> > Suse and a few others, there is a pretty slideshow that tells all of
> > the benefits of their system...instead of that, what about if Gentoo
> > were to have a slideshow of a lesson on linux. I mean, one of the
> > points of the 40-page manual text-based install is for users to learn
> > linux...so if we're replacing it, we could at least talk them through
> > linux...What do you think?
> It depends on the "target group" of the "installer".
> If you are thinking about "gentoo-linux" for "home users"
> it might be a good idea to have such a slide show during installation.
> If you are thinking about "gentoo enterprise linux" you should focus
> on fully automated (silent) setups.
> My daily business is the later case (but for Win32 platforms) and I
> have to say that all those "pretty GUIs and slide shows"
> (OS Deploy, Software Packages) are quite annoying...
> Nothing is more comfortable then having "configuration templates" (XML-Files)
> that are applied automatically (and silently) during setup.
> Much more important than a "GUI" might be
> - "Recovery in case of errors",
> - "Backup of existing data",
> - "Reporting of installation success and errors",
> - "Database backend for the templates/profiles", and
> - "Launching the setup from PXE"
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