Re: redesigning the debian installer
On Thu, Sep 21, 2000 at 12:54:57AM -0700, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:
> Torsten> You need a decent network for that. That's not always available.
> Torsten>It is 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?
I did something like that in my school back in 1997. But that has nothing
to do with the installer.
> Isn't `debconf' supposed to take on some of that all? With off-box
> config databases, pre-configuration, etc?
Forget it :( debconf is for creating the first config files and updating
them with upgrades if you did not change anything by hand. Most of the
time the debconf interface of a package does not allow what you want so
you change the config files. This is what we use cfengine for and this
is also what can't be done with debconf.
> `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?
We are working on it.