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Re: Screen support (was: Next d-i alpha release: late June)

On Aug 7, 2016, at 11:08 AM, Roger Shimizu <rogershimizu@gmail.com> wrote:

> I think the solution below is a middle ground, which I guess it can be
> accepted by everyone.
> - Keep screen-udeb in "common" for everyone, but don't start it
> automatically on i386/amd64.
> - Create a new "MEDIUM_SUPPORTED" or new folder under build/pkg-lists/
> for i386/amd64, which start screen by default when it's not in gtk
> mode (detecting in runtime)
> In this way, for normal image, the screen wouldn't start by default,
> and headless PC owner can choose the later/new image, or choose the
> normal image and start screen manually (specifying

Just one user’s two cents worth…

It’s not just i386/amd64.  A PowerPC Macintosh would be another example. Any arch that can install with a console that supports switching between screens with “<alt>-Fn” does not benefit from having screen be default.  It’s only when one is installing from a serial console (i.e. non-video) that it would be useful to have screen be the default.

Personally, I’d rather have the ability to specify DEBIAN_FRONTEND=newt when I need it, and have the default be to not have it.  Even better would be to request it at the “Load installer components from CD” stage, analogous to “network-console: Continue installation remotely using SSH”, but I don’t know if that’s possible. 


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