John Davis wrote:
> Installer folk (I am not sure who all of you are atm) -
Primarily, it's tseng, spyderous, npmccallum, samyron, klieber, and
myself. Regular contributors, commenters, cheerleaders, and
bad-idea-pointer-out-ers are cshields, port001, ciaranm, method, and a
few others (sorry if I missed anyone - I'm going from memory).
> Although the installer project is listed as a releng subproject, I
> cannot remember a time when we have actually coordinated our efforts!
Indeed. We've spoken (briefly) about how we might be able to integrate
some of our efforts to work toward a common goal, but (speaking for
myself only now) I think we wanted to solidify a number of things before
we started dragging other teams in. We just didn't want to waste
anyone's time. Our current goal was to be able to produce a beta quality
chunk of code that met the original design and stated goals. I think
that we're coming up on the time when we'll need to coordinate with our
friendly releng cohorts and work out things like, well, "release
> So, let's change that. What can releng do to help out with the installer
> project? I would like to work hand-in-hand with the installer project
> and work towards a Gentoo installer for mid-2005. Is this doable?
I think so. I feel like the interest is picking up and more and more
people are wanting to get involved. To me, this says we're doing
something right. I know it's a slow "right," but it's better than a fast
"wrong," in my opinion. ;)
My gut tells me our main hurdle (in relation to things that we'd need to
coordinate on) is going to be working out the installer / livecd
integration. We've talked about this in installer channels like this
list and #gentoo-installer and have some ideas how the impact could
remain minimal, but I'd like to hear some ideas from releng who aren't
tainted by what we've already been discussing. To be honest, our needs
aren't exactly minimal - we need python, some extra C libraries and
python bindings, network support, maybe even support for netbooting as
we get into the automated deployment areas. The goal is to not force
anyone in Gentoo land to use the installer - it should be an option only.
The best we can do is keep a tight contact with each other. I'll join
the releng lists, if that's acceptable to you (zhen) and lurk so I can
get a better picture of what you folks are up to.
Thanks again for "reaching out," John. It's nice to work with a team
that acts like a team.
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