Re: Deity UI draft
Bill Mitchell wrote:
> I wasn't being snotty when I asked if diety was aimed just at
> those with fast net connections. Buying CDs helps a lot with the
> bulk of the distribution (even if that snail-mail snail does take
> a long time to reach my remote corner of the world). Even with a
> CD, though, downloading package upgrades can kill me. I need to
> pick and choose what I download, and I'd bet that I'm not alone
> in that. Having a slick front end which would help me do that
> and drive a backq end to automate the downloading of the packages
> I pick&choose would be very nice. Having a slick front end that
> doesn't help me out in a limited bandwidth situation isn't nearly
> as useful.
I'm in a similar situation (I pay per minute, from a fairly low
budget), and I use dpkg-ftp to keep up to date with 'unstable'. I
have found that I don't use dpkg-ftp's download selection at all.
Instead, I use dselect's "hold package" command on packages that I
don't want to upgrade yet. This combines nicely with dselect's
knowledge of package dependencies, and is much more comfortable than
dpkg-ftp's long yes-no list. dselect even lists those held packages
first for me, because they're "upgrade available". The only exception
is for new packages that I don't want to download yet. They get mixed
in with the packages I don't want at all, so I have to remember to
check there occasionally. Overall, it works fine.
Since Deity will have this "hold" command too, presumably with
similar functionality, I don't foresee any problems.
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