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Bug#382889: closed by Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> (Closing bug as we don't intend to change the order of questions)

i just did a new install.  the order of operations (for a non-expert
install) is as follows (with time into install and user prompts

minute    operation
0            config local/language (prompt)
0            load d-i from cdrom
1            config hostname (prompt)
1            detect hardware
2            config disk partitioning (prompt)
2            disk partitioning
5            config timezone (prompt)
5            config users (prompt)
5            install base system
10          config mirror (prompt)
10          test connection to mirror
11          config popcon (prompt)
11          config tasksel (prompt)
11          download packages
41          install packages
51          config grub (prompt)
51          reboot

it may perhaps seem not much of a burden to require the user to attend
to the installer for the first 11 minutes, but nevertheless, that is
11 minutes of their life not spent on other things.  i think if the
prompts were aggregated to proceed in sequence, it would be much
better.  i understand that this is not an easy task, but it should be
worth it for users that install a lot of systems.

here is the order of operations that i suggest (disregarding current
perceived technical limitations).  information entered into the
prompts can be stored in a temporary location until the disk is
available to move the info to the right place:

         config local/language (prompt)
         load d-i from cdrom
         config hostname (prompt)
         config timezone (prompt)
         config users (prompt)
         detect hardware
         config mirror (prompt)
         test connection to mirror
         config popcon (prompt)
         config tasksel (prompt)
         config grub (prompt)
         config disk partitioning (prompt)
         disk partitioning
         install base system
         download packages
         install packages

if these comments seem useful, please reopen, otherwise i'll finally
let this go.  its up to you.


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