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Re: Possible solution to custom installations.

>>>>> "Dale" == Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> writes:

    Dale> There has been discussion in the past, both here and on
    Dale> debian-user, about providing a method, either with dselect
    Dale> or some other way, that could allow easy installation of a
    Dale> specific package set that would allow a system to be built
    Dale> for a particular task without having to "know"
    Dale> anything. Such suggestions have included: Simple non-network
    Dale> work station; Simple network work station; News server; Mail
    Dale> server; Your idea goes here.

 I had to install RedHat 4.1 (wasn't my decision.) on a WWW server,
and found that they have a similar thing in their pretend-its-a-GUI
installer.  I also found that I much prefer dselect, since it makes
much better use of screen real-estate, gives more control to the
installer, and provides more information about the insides of the

 It could be improved with menus (ala `mc`), Dale's suggestion for
package sets and more automated installs of them, gpm support, and a
way to flip to another console and read manuals or something while the
packages are being installed.  It should also keep a log of all output
by `dpkg` and scripts, so that bugs can be more easily reported on
failed installs or conflicts.

 An easy no-brainer beginner's way to get a ppp network link going[1]
would be great, so installation can continue using `dselect`'s ftp
method.  What's 7 hours of ftp time out of my allotted 30-120 hours a
month online?  I think a lot of people will install that way;

[1]   I haven't seen `dunc` yet... I should look at it.

Karl M. Hegbloom <karlheg@inetarena.com>
Portland, OR  USA
Debian GNU 1.2  Linux 2.1.36 AMD K5 PR-133

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