Gentoo Archives: gentoo-desktop-research

From: Scott Koch <scootersmk@×××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-desktop-research@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-desktop-research] Gentoo installer project
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 05:06:37
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-desktop-research] Gentoo installer project by Dan Armak
>That's why I wrote my orig reply in this thread. I think we should enhance the >installation process instead of replacing it. We should allow the user to >tell the installer what to do, skip/repeat/reorder steps and have access to >the 'real' console all the time where the installer runs its commands and the >user can run his as well. > >I agree that if the installer becomes an all-or-nothing replacement, many >people won't find it useful or enjoyable. > >Also, with a good modular design we can add piece by piece what we think to be >necessary, and in the other places the installer would just tell the user >things out of the install howto or not even that. That way we avoid overdoing >it - writing things our audience doesn't really need. > > >
This is the style of installer that would be the best match for Gentoo(quoted above). I think it would be a big mistake to stray far from the current process. As far as I am concerned the console/ split-screen installer is a must. Our main concern should be getting the user comfortable with the current install process, instead of changing the installer to better fit the user. The new installer needs consist of various add-ons (to the current process) to make the user more comfortable ("Holding their hand and walking them through") with the install process. This can be done various ways, the most popular is ofcourse gui's. However, in staying with the Gentoo way of doing things nothing should be hidden. Everything that is done whether on the console, via a gui, or we automate it for them, it should be explained exactly what is going on. It should be up to the user wether they use the gue or cli. I also feel that it is crucial that we keep in mind while going through this process that no matter what Gentoo is actually about, the installer will be the deciding factor in whether people give gentoo a try or move on to something else. -- gentoo-desktop-research@g.o mailing list


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Re: [gentoo-desktop-research] Gentoo installer project Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <jbms@g.o>