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Bug#604101: installation-reports: Broken textmode installer

Quoting Lennart Sorensen (lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca):
> 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.

And we should close this bug report, I agree...

There are instructions in the installation manual about booting the
installer without framebuffer.....and avoid this bug without giving
lessons to people who are developing the said installer..:-)

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