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Re: package pre-selections tool

Martin Schulze <joey@kuolema.Infodrom.North.DE> writes:

> On Tue, Mar 31, 1998 at 03:21:18PM +0100, Enrique Zanardi wrote:
> > New installation utility based on package pre-selections
> > Bruce posted a few months ago some code that implemented that, using
> > "dpkg --set-selections", but it had no fancy UI, and no pre-selections
> > built.  
> > 
> > Has anybody been improving that tool? Can we include it in the boot-floppies?
> OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, does this mean it is not already included?
> We should spend some effort on that.

Definately.  I think it's more important to just define some simple
default setups rather than providing a nice GUI.  For instance, a
simple text menu would be fine, asking whether the user wants to try
the "prerolled" pacakge selections X, Y, or Z, or instead do it on
their own.  Furthermore, the user should be able to (of course)
subsequently run dselect before installing and optionally tune the

Here's my suggestions for the prerolled configurations:

* basic (stripped down, minimal) configuration:
  Required packages only, suitable for a firewall, suitable for
  building a gateway, should fit on a 40MB disk

* minimal X11 (laptop) configuration:
  Xserver, suitable for a dumb xterm, with some capabilities for
  independant use, includes also PCMCIA, an MTA (exim?), maybe (??)
  emacs, mutt, a window manager, etc., should fit in 120MB

* full user X11 standalone
  Pretty full setup, but with no need for the -dev packages, static
  libs, headers, etc.  I guess that would fit in 250MB ?

* full developer box
  Above with static libs, headers, g++, etc.

.....A. P. Harris...apharris@onShore.com...<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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