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From: Angelo Arrifano <miknix@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Question about a installer for Gentoo.
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:03:01
Message-Id: 4CB7000F.7060904@gentoo.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] Question about a installer for Gentoo. by Nirbheek Chauhan
1 On 11-10-2010 11:24, Nirbheek Chauhan wrote:
2 > On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM, "PaweĊ‚ Hajdan, Jr."
3 > <phajdan.jr@g.o> wrote:
4 >> On 10/11/10 9:01 AM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
5 >>> all it needs is a maintainer that doesnt suck and keeps the project going. so
6 >>> until that happens, nothing is going to change.
7 >>
8 >> I think it's more than that. Even when it was maintained, the installer
9 >> was buggy. An installer which doesn't work hurts the reputation of
10 >> Gentoo. Make sure the installer is very solid before it is more broadly
11 >> advertised.
12 >>
13 >
14 > Another problem was that users who used the installer and never read
15 > the handbooks constantly got problems using and maintaining their
16 > system afterwards. On the other hand, an automated installer is *very*
17 > useful for people already experienced with Gentoo to install new
18 > systems w/o spending 3 hours of personal time on it.
19
20 Since most of the install process is already automated by emerge. Most
21 of work left to the user is indeed configuration of the system
22 (make.conf, conf.d & friends).
23
24 So I would instead focus on a CLI util to help quickly generate (up to
25 date) configuration files for make.conf and conf.d files. - that is what
26 takes most of the time..
27
28 Example:
29
30 System clock [/etc/conf.d/hwclock]
31 -------------------------------------------------------------------
32 [U] Set clock to (L)ocal or (U)TC. (Choose local if dual-booting
33 windows)
34 [X] Sync HW clock at shutdown
35
36 Ones like conf.d/net will be trickier...
37
38 My 2 cents
39 - Angelo
40 >
41 > In summation, IMO the goal of the installer should be to automate and
42 > not to make it easy for newbies to install Gentoo. With that in mind,
43 > please someone work on this! :)
44 >

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Re: [gentoo-project] Question about a installer for Gentoo. Richard Freeman <rich0@g.o>