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Re: r44961 - people/rmh/win32-loader

On Sun, Feb 04, 2007 at 05:35:27PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> Robert Millan wrote:
> > Then they won't bother about configuring hostname in Debian, either.
> Unlike in windows, the hostname on a linux machine shows up in a lot of
> places, like when you log in, and at the bash prompt. My experience is
> that users care about the hostnames of linux machines, and not of
> windows systems.

I think you mean to say experienced and non-experienced users here.  The only
problem is that we lack a lot of non-experienced users in our side, which
makes the comparison difficult.

The kind of users I'm trying to target with this experiment will never use
the bash prompt, and always login via graphical login manager (which doesn't
display hostname --just checked).  They don't really care about hostname,
only about simplicity.

But as said before, I do intend to support expert users too, by adding an
expert mode that lets you tune all the parameters.  I just hadn't had time
to write the template and all that (patches welcome ;).

> Changing the hostname post-install is a nightmare.

Doesn't this problem belong somewhere else?  Changing the hostname should be
easy.  If it's a nightmare because parts of our system propagate it, then we
should fix them to always gather it dynamicaly.  If the problem is lack of
GUI tools to change hostname, then the solution is adding code to handle that.

Robert Millan

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