Re: Debian on the Desktop - plans for Lenny?
> As long as "automatic" doesn't take more time than "using manual
> settings", that's fine. I doubt that they can detect some of the
> settings (keyboard layout, driver options), though ;) I appreciate
> the efforts a lot though, especially a better cooperation of kernel
> drivers and X, and runtime screens and input device detection.
discover is used to feed default values into the debconf questions
asked about X configuration when the xserver-xorg package is
installed. The keyboard layout, driver options etc, are not using
values fetched from discover. There is work going on to let the X
drivers themself expose information on their supported hardware, and
use this information to automatically configure X. It will make the X
config use of discover obsolete.
> There are still people that like it bit more control. Udev is ok for
> me but discover goes to far if it automatically installs stuff. You
> have to draw the line somewhere and that's definitely such a line,
> at least for me.
Why? Tasksel install a lot of stuff automatically during the system
installation. Is it bad too?
> If it doesn't take any time at boot time and doesn't change my
> package list, I'll happily try it again. :) Actually I just did and
> there is not init script installed by default?! Additionally, it
> probably would reduce detection time if the stuff that udev can
> handle is skipped.
I get the impression that you are talking about boot time? I am
talking about the Debian installer and behavior at install time.
discover is not used at boot time, and have not been providing a
init.d script since before Etch was released. Kernel module loading
at boot time is better left to the systems reading /lib/modules/ (udev
at the moment), so that part was disabled in discover.