Gentoo Archives: gentoo-installer

From: Ben Urban <benurban@×××××××××××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-installer@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 03:28:15
Message-Id: 1141183629.27470.13.camel@lc2430.urban
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer by Revrend Oddball
I'm sorry, but I feel I must weigh in here...

This entire thread is pointless, since the list of available USE flags
depends entirely on what portage tree is used, and the installer cannot
know that until the install has already started.

Having said that, the installer was *not* written to make installation
easier for the user, but instead to make the process automated, to allow
for mass deployments and such.  Any user-friendliness you may be
experiencing is simply a result of an effort on the developers' part to
make it as easy on system administrators as possible.

As far as the issue of reading the documentation goes, I agree with
Oddball; those who can't or aren't willing to read the manual should not
be using Gentoo.  No matter how much you may want it to, a single
distribution can't fit everybody perfectly.  If a distribution tries to
accommodate everyone, it will tend to die.  That's just a fact of life.
Deal with it.

On Tue, 2006-02-28 at 14:03 -0800, Revrend Oddball wrote:
> but this would sort of sidestep the entire point of gentoo.. > > from what i understand gentoo has always been about giving a user all teh > options and the documentation to learn and act on their own. if you do not wish > to follow this base idea then go with something else like suse or fedora. > > the rule of thumb i have always gone with if i dont know what an option is then > i leave it the heck alone or read the manual to find out what it is. > > its not like they make it hard to get a list of what the use flags are. Maybe > instead of making them go away simply make a to the manual on use flags. gently > suggesting to the user to rtfm but ultimately the idea is to read the > documentation. >
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Re: [gentoo-installer] version 0.3 of the Gentoo Linux Installer "Norman Rieß" <norman@×××××××××.org>