Re: Possible solution to custom installations.
>>>>> "Dale" == Dale Scheetz <email@example.com> 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
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;
 I haven't seen `dunc` yet... I should look at it.
Karl M. Hegbloom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Portland, OR USA
Debian GNU 1.2 Linux 2.1.36 AMD K5 PR-133
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