Re: redesigning the debian installer
>>>>> "Torsten" == Torsten Landschoff <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Torsten> On Tue, Sep 19, 2000 at 10:47:20AM +0200, Sebastien Chaumat wrote:
>> Let me explain replicator's point of view. We assume that we want to
>> install 99% identical contents on all of our computers
>> (classrooms, desktops computers in our lab). So we use rsync to
>> speed things up and, at the end of the install we do the 1% leaving job.
Torsten> You need a decent network for that. That's not always available. It is
Torsten> nice if you have it though.
Have yous read the "Remote Boot mini-HOWTO"? Have a look. It's in
`doc-linux-html' IIRC. They describe a setup used for school
computer labs where they can boot any OS, and boot from an image kept
on a central server. Maybe someone could package it up?
>> We recommend cfengine in post-installation (as a front end to apt if we
>> want to deal with packages).
Torsten> I have to say that I partly hate and partly love cfengine. We are configuring
Torsten> our systems using it but I am looking for an alternative. Some utility that
Torsten> is better suited for editing config files...
Isn't `debconf' supposed to take on some of that all? With off-box
config databases, pre-configuration, etc?
>> It's a lot (really) faster than unpacking packages.
Torsten> Depends on the network ;) Unpacking is quite fast on our systems here but
Torsten> configuring takes a lot of time...
`debconf's answer to `kickstart' again; set up one box, enter stuff
for the differing info on the other ones, and set the thing off to
install them all??? Will such a thing exist someday?