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Bug#238970: Install report (success)

Package: installation-reports


Debian-installer-version: Almost beta 3 (2004-03-12)
uname -a:       2.4.25-1-386 (now a custom kernel)
Date:           2004-03-14
Method:         PXE, netboot

Machine:        IBM Thinkpad T41
Processor:      Centrino (PIII)
Memory:         256 MB
Root Device:    ATA IDE (Hitachi IC25N040ATCS05-0)
Root Size/partition table: (40.0 GB)

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System   Mnt Pnt
/dev/hda1               1         496      249952+  83  Linux    /
/dev/hda2             497         992      249984   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3             993       77520    38570112    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5             993        2930      976720+  83  Linux    /var
/dev/hda6            2931        4868      976720+  83  Linux    /tmp
/dev/hda7            4869       24244     9765472+  83  Linux    /usr 
/dev/hda8           24245       33932     4882720+  83  Linux    /usr/src
/dev/hda9           33933       77520    21968320+  83  Linux    /home

Output of lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB2 (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DBM LPC Interface Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DBM Ultra ATA Storage Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBM SMBus Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R250 Lf [Radeon Mobility 9000 M9] (rev 02)
02:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments: Unknown device ac46 (rev 01)
02:00.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments: Unknown device ac46 (rev 01)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 101e (rev 03)
02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [O]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Two comments: about disk partitionning and boot manager.

I can read there already is some discussion about ergonomics. I also
got confused about this "Continue" that, _in this particular dialog_,
seems to be a fifth option, but that was okay. If I were really
confused or worried about my data on the disk, I guess I would have
stuck with the four action items, leaving untouch this "Continue" for
which I am not sure about.

I really liked the fact that I could configure everything, from
partition size to esotheric options like noatime, and I also liked the
table that recaps all that (no more "Wait, /dev/hda5 was my /tmp or my
/var?").  However, I remembered configuring each partition took quite
a lot of key presses (tab, arrow, arrow, enter, tab, arrow, enter,
...).  I don't remember the exact order, but I feel that "Use this
partition" should be the default, just like "Create a fs", and then
"Determine mount point" if you have just created anything but swap
(sorry for the inexact prompts).

A small quirk: I mis-entered a partition size once ("100" is
interpreted as "100 B" ?? Alright...), so I resized it, and, ...  Mmm.
I am sorry I can not remember exactly, but I got the impression that
it created a FS just before trashing it by resizing it, or that it did
something after resizing that I had to undo. I only took a few
seconds, so as a user, I was not upset.

With regards to the bootloader, installing grub took sooo long, that I
thought it crashed, and it defroze just a second before I pushed the
reset button. If it is normal to take such a long time, a "This may
take a few minutes..." [ ;-) ] would be welcome.

Also, and finally, lilo was also installed and I found it confusing,
because I knew grub was already installed (I could rememeber the
|    grub installation    |
| blah blah blah boo bar  |
| blah blah blah boo bar  |
| blah blah blah boo bar  |
| Please enter the frubag |
| (hd0)                   |
+-------------------------+ ;-)

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