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Bug#380105: Show current hour in hardware clock question

On Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 09:10:27PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 04:57:17PM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > > I am not sure, but in the graphical installer, we could add a clock widget
> > > somewhere from the start, and do clock setting pretty early one (we probably
> > > only need hwclock and a little menu thingy), it can even be done before
> > > base-install and partman, since there are no extra dependencies.
> > 
> > There has been such kind of suggestion last weeks but it has been
> > ruled out. I guess that the rationale is mostly avoiding features that
> > are only available in some D-I flavours.

Personally, I find this a pity. I'd think that the graphical installer
could benefit from some changes to improve usability, some of which
would not make any sense in the textual interface.

As an example, one place where I personally feel that the graphical
version of the installer does not work very well, is in the partitioner;
using different graphical paradigms to display the partitioning being in
progress would most likely allow for a more usable interface. However,
such an interface would need information that is not necessarily
available in the text-based version of the installer.

(No, I'm not willing to suggest how to do this, simply because I'm not a
graphical guy; but the above is my opinion on the subject)

> Ruled out ? Oh well. ... Which explains the rather harsh reply of this
> question only being 'noise'.
> > So, if a method to set the clock is offerred, it has to work for all
> > interfaces.
> Well, the .udeb could be common to everything, and the clock button could only
> be a shortcut to it.

... with a main menu option to allow for invoking it from the text
version, if there is interest.

That being said, of course, it should be so that no "important" feature
must ever be implemented that can only be accessed from one particular
interface; as "important", I would classify "anything which cannot be
enabled and/or fixed after the installation has been finished". Thus, I
personally would not see any harm in having the ability to set the clock
from the graphical installer, but not from the text-based one; of
course, YMMV. 

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