Re: Graphical installer - invitation to get involved
On Sun, Dec 04, 2005 at 12:07:06AM +1100, Julien Goodwin wrote:
> These are my notes/ideas after having done a test installation using the
> graphical d-i beta. (Under a VMware install using ftp.us.debian.org as
> the mirror)
> I'm not subscribed to the list so please cc me on anything you'd like my
> comment on. I'm happy to test any betas etc to see how things may have
> As it stands it seems to only be a graphical frontend to debconf, given
> some of the decisions taken this causes it to be less usable then the
> console version.
> Graphical D-I boot notes:
> 1. Can you use ubuntu's bootsplash or something to hide/pretty up kernel
Well, we would need to have the bootsplash thingy patch included in the debian
kernel, and this with current policies means it should be ready to be
submitted upstream. I think it would be nice though, but needs discussing with
the kernel team, CCing there.
> 4. Would be nice to have a download speed monitor at the bottom of the
> screen for those with slow connections, also a calculated ETA.
> 5. A graphical partitioner is probably the biggest missing peice, I
> didn't really test how the partitioner came through, just did a "wipe
> entire disk" and it was still a pain.
Xavier Oswald is working on first doing a gparted .udeb, which will allow to
fall back to a graphical partitioner instead of plain old parted, and then
modifying it to be able to serve-as/replace partman, at least in its gross
functionality, there is still work to be done there though.
> 6. Pages with just one checkbox (eg the "write changes to disk" page
> should probably have just "Yes/No" buttons instead of the checkbox and
> go back/continue buttons (also install grub to mbr)
Yes, this is a big usability issue, i believe, and also increase the chance of
an accidental erasal of unwanted partitions.