First, just a couple of suggestions to the development group:
(1) It would be nice if the "config" (Timezone, modem port,
mouse type, etc.) part of dinstall could be run from
the menu itself. (maybe I missed this, if so, sorry)
(2) If the answers to the "config" part were provided much like
the package selection is specified by a screen oriented program.
My reasons have to do with the fact that I've been too lazy to
label my cheapo PCs ports so I can keep track of which is serial
port 0 and serial port 1, and I always seem forget to write them
down before I delete the config files that tell me 8^).
Second, comments regarding /dev/mouse, etc:
I feel the pain of those that want /dev/mouse, etc. My
suggestions stated above are a direct result of that pain. I'm
treating debian like a real package -- I don't really want to
muck around a whole lot, so I just re-install when I mess up.
As such I had no other recourse but to re-install when I
reversed my mouse and modem ports. I didn't know what was being
configured by the script. I could have looked into it, but
I didn't want to spend the time. This could be a real
problem for someone who didn't have the skillset needed to
discover what really needed changing.
We're trying to make a "commercial quality" distribution. If
that is our goal, it seems that provide a configuration menu
selection for dinstall seems to allow us to handle this in an
appropriately "commercial" manner.
[BTW: the list server say's that I'm uunet!uswnvg. That's wrong and I'm
hoping bruce will correct it per both my and my postmaster's mail]
Just my $0.02.
Steve Starck email@example.com
Sr. Systems Administrator
U S WEST NewVector Group, Inc.