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Bug#550064: installation-reports

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: 5.03-KDE CD1

Date: 06 Oct 2009

Machine: Dell SX270
Processor: P4 2.8G
Memory: 1G
Partitions: 31.6 G /home  1.4 G Swap  7 G /

Output of lspci -knn (or lspci -nn): N/A

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

Initial boot:           [O ]
Detect network card:    [O ]
Configure network:      [O ]
Detect CD:              [O ]
Load installer modules: [O ]
Detect hard drives:     [O ]
Partition hard drives:  [O ]
Install base system:    [O ]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O ]
User/password setup:    [O ]
Install tasks:          [X ]
Install boot loader:    [O ]
Overall install:        [O ]


The problem was with installing the additional software.  The wiki says
there are three options for the desktop.  Task, KDE, KDE-core.  I wanted
KDE.  I didn't want some of the things that are included in Task.  The
only option was either install Desktop or not.  The first time I had to
interrupt the installation (ctl-alt-del) and start over.  The second time
when I could find no way to select KDE only I had to not install Desktop
and do it all manually afterward.  I've never used aptitude before and
it's not exactly newuser friendly.  I had to dig to find out what things
meant, some I never did figure out and just went ahead anyway.  Installing
the desktop that way, nothing was configured and I had to grab a copy of
xorg.conf from the backup just to get xorg to sync with the monitor.

Note: I chose graphical expert installation.  One would have thought that
installation options would have been more refined than all or nothing.

While I haven't checked yet on this installation, an OpenSUSE that I
recently installed on this same machine (and removed) one version of
the kernel was installed but a different version of the kernel source.
Why not have the correct source for the kernel that's on the CD and
either install it when installing the system or give the option to?

Want to try something radical?   Install FreeBSD sometime.  There's
no trying to figure out what basic options to install for users,
developers, kernel developers, X or no X, it's right there on a
menu.  Want the all sources, headers (kernel too) and X?  Select
that from the menu and not worry about it later when you need it.
Need to pick and choose or eliminate something from the list?  No
problem, it's on the menu.

You folks need to remember, in most cases when someone's installing
the OS, they don't have a web browser available - that won't happen
until they get the OS installed!  It's not an option to go to the
website to look something up.

<Description of the install, in prose, and any thoughts, comments
      and ideas you had during the initial install.>

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