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Bug#485586: debian-installer: Default to graphical install


Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org> wrote:
> Control: tag -1 confirmed
> Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> (2008-06-10):
> > On Tuesday 10 June 2008, Didier Raboud wrote:
> > > In my humble opinion, with the stability (and the beauty) of the
> > > graphical installer, the graphical menu (under i386 and amd64) should
> > > default to the graphical installer.
> > >
> > > Obviously, the change has to be done with care and only on arches where
> > > applicable, but would be a good step forward (with the classical text
> > > installer staying as fallback).
> > 
> > We are considering this but there are still a few blocking issues before 
> > we can do that:
> > - issues with keyboard support in some languages
> > - missing support to start a shell from other components, which especially
> >   affects the rescue mode for the graphical installer
> > - some dialogs, especially in the partitioner, still look too messy
> >   because of missing column alignment
> > 
> > The last two issues are actively being worked on and may be solved in time 
> > for Lenny. The first is much more problematic and will likely require 
> > (upstream) help.
> > 
> > Another issue is that it requires much more memory, but that IMO is not a 
> > blocker. It does require careful documentation though.
> Holger's last reports reminded of this, which we finally didn't do for
> wheezy. Unless someone has an objection, I'll schedule this switch for
> the next d-i upload.
> Mraw,
> KiBi.

That would lead to more changes to the d-i manual IMO.
At least:
booting of the graphical installer is now only documented in an appendix.
If Graphical install is the default, the info about it should be integrated
into the regular boot-installer chapter.

I could provide a first patch as a proposal, if wanted.


Holger Wansing <hwansing@mailbox.org>

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