Re: Bug#452388: Back on "'standard system' is confusing" bug report
Christian Perrier wrote:
>> Description: Standard system
>> This task installs a reasonably small character-mode system.
> What about something like:
> Description: Standard (non-graphical) system
> This task installs a reasonably small character-mode system,
> that provides the most commonly used tools in non-graphical environments.
No comma before a "that" clause; and the last part isn't quite right
either ("provides [...] tools in [...] environments"?). I assume
the intended sense is "the tools that in non-graphical environments
are used most commonly", but there's no good way of phrasing that.
How about just:
This task installs a reasonably small character-mode system, providing
tools often used in non-graphical environments.
However, I worry that this will encourage CLI-phobic users to
uncheck the Standard task. It's not for console-only systems; after
all, I'm using mutt right now in my window manager. It's a basic
"neutral" user environment, including apt, exim4, perl, python, and
so on, just not X - the only time I would leave it out is on a
bare-bones server with no users. Perhaps it should say something
This task sets up a basic user environment, providing a reasonably
small selection of services and tools usable on the command line.
Or if the idea is that GNOME users _don't_ need it, it needs a name
change to, say, "Traditional" or "Command Line User Environment". A
name change might be appropriate anyway, given that tasksel's
"Standard task" includes the whole of "Priority: required" and
"Priority: important", not just "Priority: standard".
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package