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Bug#287406: installation-reports (Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E-6585 (Notebook / P3 800Mhz / 512 MB RAM, ATI M4 16MB)

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Package: installation-reports

Debian-installer-version: RC2, 8MB netboot mini.iso from ftp.us.debian.org
uname -a: "Linux debian 2.4.<nn-n>-686 <date> i686 GNU/Linux" from memory, later I had the kernal 2.6.8-1-686
Date: 27 December 2004
Method: Net install after mini-iso boot, Boot from CD, Network install from http://ftp2.de.debian.org, proxied

Machine: Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E-6585 (Notebook  ATI M4 16MB)
Processor: Pentium 3 800Mhz
Memory: 512 MB D-RAM + 16 MB VRAM (ATI M4)
Root Device: IDE 20 GB Harddisk, /dev//hda
Root Size/partition table: /dev//hda1 = "/" 4 GB, /dev//hda2 = "swap" 1 GB, /dev//hda3 = "/home" = 14 GB
Output of lspci and lspci -n:

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
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]

Initial Install:
1) Wrong default keyboard: After English Language and Country Germany, the default Keyboard was US instead of Germany.  Language is a preference, Keyboards are more closely related to the geographic position than the language used.
2) Partitioning (non automatic) could be a bit friendlier.  It was not clear that the displays allowed navigation and selection (e.g. Mount Point).  I initially thought these were only informational displays and was not aware the options could be changed.  Perhaps sourround the options with square brackets (e.g. "Mount Point: [ /home  ]").
3) Please replace "OK" / "Cancel" buttons with "Next" / "Back" or "OK" / "Back one Step".  Cancel suggests that this step is skipped and I was afraid to press it...
After Reboot:
4) Mouse detection not automatic per default even though it is suggested in the text (the default is "No").
5) Screen detection not automatic per default even though it is suggested in the text (the default is "No").
Selected "ATI" in X-Windows at some point because my notebook has an ATI M4 chip.
6) Monitor signal input default is "Advanced".  Advanced should never be the default, it should be "Medium" (Note: no "Easy" setting available...)
7) uDeb dialog window tells me that uDebs are not active and I should reboot (or enter a cryptic command line).  What the hell is a uDeb?!  Suggestion: add a sentence that explains that a uDeb ist a "...".
After package install:
8) Mail config: Selected smarthost/no local mail
Exim config?  Why should exim run if I am using a desktop system?  Oh well...
Bug: no way to add username/password, just a cryptic message to read a /usr/share/doc/exim... readme. Yuck!
Suggestion: if I can enter a "smarthost" (perhaps "mail server" would be better) then I should be able to add authentification username/password as well.
9) Inital X-Window screen (I selected the ATI X-windows driver) is ok.  I want to reboot because of the "uDeb" message earlier.
Bug: it asks for a "Shutdown" password, which I never entered. 
Suggestion: This should either be allowed on a desktop configuration (without pasword) or it should refer to the admin or root password.
Note: after reboot, i could reboot from the gnome session without a password!?!
----------------- Inital install finished (two boots), further bugs/remarks:
Used "synaptic package manager" to install kernel 6.8.1-1-686 (no probs, one reboot, all is fine :-)
10) Bug: Proxy information from install is not put into gnome network config.
11) Bug: System install keyboard setting (German in my case) is not in Gnome config, inital setting is "US Keyboard".
12) Max resolution is 800x600, only program that lets me select resolutions allows only 640x480 and 800x600. 
Suggestion: Maybe the Gnome-system-tools should be part of the desktop package.

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