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Re: partman (was Re: Removing unused d-i udebs from archive)

On Wed, Apr 07, 2004 at 02:06:50PM +1000, Andrew Pollock wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 10:46:05PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> > 
> > We do have a beta3 branch in the repo, but it's acting more like a tag,
> > I guess, no changes have been made to it.
> > 
> > I tried the new partman, and it works great. Wow, that's a lot of work!
> > My only quibble is with the use of the term Wizard, as in "Use the
> > Wizard to partition". I don't think wizard is a proper noun, so should
> > not be capitalised, and I don't see how this is better than the old
> > "Automatically partition". It assumes that the user is familiar with
> > windows wizard-type things (and doesn't hate them ;-), and seems overly
> > cute to me.
> Just my $0.05 worth...
> On a system that I've already got an operating system installed on, that I
> really, really would prefer not to hose, I'm going to fear and distrust
> anything that uses the words "Automatic" and "Partition" together, and
> choose some other option that implies I have more control over whether or
> not I accidentally hose the partition that has my other OS on it...
> Particularly if I'm not confident before selecting the item that it isn't
> going to go off on it's merry way and do something unrevertable before I get
> a chance to go "hang on!".
> I suspect users new to Linux/Debian but familiar with PCs in general are
> going to take this line of reasoning.

I know of people who simply aborted the whole installation process when
faced with partman, even if there was this manual partitioning option.


Sven Luther

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