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Re: PROPOSAL: automatic installation and configuration

David Bristel <targon@targonia.com> writes:

> Or, an easier idea is to do an install with a --noconfig(does no-act
> do this?)  or something that would delay the configuration of
> packages.  THEN, we can set up whatever other tools that would allow
> us to configure these packages, either through a GUI, ncurses, or
> interactive text message.  The new tools would then set the
> "configured" flag we already have in each package.  The dpkg
> --configure is obviously there to allow for packages that have not
> been configured.  I havn't looked TOO closely at the package
> structure in a while, but it seems this would make it MUCH easier to
> install for newbies.  What do you think?

My proposal says that any question ask must have a reasonable and
usable default. Currently you have to hit return quite often during
installation, but you aren't realy changing any configuration. The
defaults are good enough to start working. So why ask at all?

My proposal introduces the experience of the user and each question
gets a level. All questions that require a higher experience level
than the user has, will keep to default values. So when selecting
"newbie" as experience level during installation, you probably should
not get asked anything beside your IP and hostname and the username.

May the Source be with you.

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