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Re: Difference between debian and slackware

>A problem here is that the first time a user is presented with
>'dselect' after an installation it can be a wee bit intimidating (it
>intimidates me and I've been using Debian a long time), enough so that
>I still use dpkg in preference to dselect...  Anyone out there know
>anything about good interface design? ( I unfortunately don't )
>No slights on Ian, dpkg, or dselect here, but I still think dselect
>needs a bit of interface work...
>Richard W Kaszeta 			Graduate Student/Sysadmin
>kaszeta@me.umn.edu,kaszeta@bofh.mi.org  University of MN, ME Dept
>Tabasco. Don't leave ~ without it.

Rich, as you know, I also have felt the same way also.  However, with
release 0.93R6, and newer versions of dpkg/dselect, I have gotten more
comfortable with dselect.  Remember my desire for an automatic update
program to automatically upgrade a system from an NFS mounted archive?
Essentially, deselect satisfies that desire with just enough
interactive data passing back and forth.  Once I figured out that I
only needed to use the "+" and "_" keys (note not "-" key), and that
dselect will "remember" the current installation status from the
last execution of dselect, then I became comfortable.  I do agree,
however, that the interface needs work, but I also don't have any
recommendations at this point.  Perhaps a "debian conference" or "net
brainstorm" from users would bring out some ideas.

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