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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

On Tuesday 07 June 2005 03:21, Joey Hess wrote:
> Planned, and ground already laid in tasksel (and indeed, it does do it
> for some easy things like language tasks). One thing I really want to
> see happen is a laptop task. The big missing peice is some simple
> program tasksel can call out to, like
> if this_is_a_laptop; then
> ..
> fi
> This should use whatever hardware probing works best for laptops.

This sounds like a good idea, but will need very careful logic.
For instance, some older (APM-based) Toshiba laptops work well with the 
toshiba module and the toshset package where newer (ACPI-based) laptops 
need the toshiba-acpi module which does not work with toshset.
I would suspect that similar distinctions exist for other makes.

> I'm interested in other ideas for automatic selection of default tasks.

One thing I feel is currently missing is to show users which tasks have 
been automatically selected and the option to deselect them (maybe only 
at medium or lower priority).

Which brings me to another pet wish: make it a lot easier to install at 
medium priority than currently.
IMO there is a real use for medium priority:
- experienced users now often choose expert and get confused by some of
  the informational dialogs (especially the "unavailable drivers" one)
- for users installing for the first time the "no dhcp" boot option and
  such are not really obvious, medium priority can be used to offer
  useful freedom in a structured way keeping expert for difficult hardware

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