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Re: Attracting newbies (Was Booting Debian/testing fails)

Andrei Popescu wrote:
On Tue, 06 Feb 2007 14:43:58 -0500
Michael Pobega <pobega@gmail.com> wrote:

Could the installer be made easier for someone who is not very curious? I suppose so but I would absolutely hate seeing Debian go the way of Ubuntu. I'd probably move to Slackware, a *BSD, or
Gentoo if that happened.
I would hate to see a graphical installer for Debian. I think the

Sorry to disappoint you, but etch has a graphical installer (though not
as default). But then I don't think this is a bad idea and IIRC it has
better support for some special characters. Besides, Debian is about
choice. You can use the text-mode OR gui installer.

Etch has a GUI installer, really? I never noticed it.

But I'm talking about one to the extent of Ubuntu, with a whole graphical LiveCD environment and everything. Debian practically forces that style of installation on the user, and half of them can't boot into the CD and end up just giving up on Linux and going back to Windows (I've seen many people call Linux an "infant operating system" because of the LiveCD's inabilities).

My mail was mostly directed at LiveCD installers though, not graphical installers in general (Sorry if I didn't specify this). Where is the graphical installer, anyway? I'd love to try it out myself, I haven't got the chance (I just used NetInstall's default curses installer).

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