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Bug#604101: installation-reports: Broken textmode installer

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 02:10:03PM -0400, Jeff Arbour wrote:
> Same issue applies on IBM x236 server, was about to shelve debian and start
> picking a new distro until I found this report. It never once occurred to me
> that when choosing a text based install the installer would attempt to use a
> graphic mode to do it in. The seems like broken administration of the
> installer, rather than a technical mal-function.  The whole purpose of text
> mode imo is to give a generic works on any device environment as a fail safe
> when graphical install fails or is not feasible. No vga mode should ever be
> set for this option, nor anything that even considers a frame buffer. The
> issue is very easy to resolve once understood, but this is a never should
> have happened in the first place error to rival "No keyboard detected, Press
> F1 to continue".

And how would you do say japanese text without a framebuffer?

A framebuffer running text is not the same as a graphical install (which
has windows, and mouse support and such).

In fact a none frmaebuffer text mode is a rather unique thing on PCs,
and of course on serial consoles. Most other systems have only frame
buffers for their console.

Len Sorensen

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