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Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid

On Thu, 2008-08-07 at 20:11 -0700, Daniel Burrows wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 10:12:45AM -0500, Kent West <westk@acu.edu> was heard to say:
> > Damon L. Chesser wrote:
> > > Sadly, I have NEVER used aptitude ncurses.  Ever since the early days of
> > > Potato, when I tried to use it, I would get completely lost.  As smart
> > > as I am (however smart that is) that interface just does not work the
> > > way my brain works.  I still don't know how to use it and get frustrated
> > > in 30 seconds trying to use it.  Nothing against what I am sure is a
> > > nice program, it just does not work the way I think.  I feel better by
> > > sharing, it has made us all better people (and dang it!  People like
> > > me!)
> > >   
> > 
> > Ditto. I'm sure it's a fine program, but I, too, get lost with the
> > ncurses interface of aptitude. (I actually found dselect easier to get
> > around in. What?!!)
>   Believe me, I'm not contemplating a full-on interface redesign for the
> idle pleasure of it. :-)
>   There are two main things I'm looking at:
>     (a) a big fat menu like dselect's that gives you direct access to
>         the 3-4 functions you normally want to use.
>     (b) making the default way of viewing packages be to do a search and
>         list the results (what's currently called a "limit").  The
> 	current interface for finding packages in aptitude was designed
> 	to let you peruse the full Debian package list.  This was a
> 	reasonable idea at the time (I generally did walk through the
> 	whole list on a fresh install in 1999) but is kind of silly now.
> 	The main thing that people seem to use this list for is the
> 	smaller top-level groups (Upgradable / New / etc), and those can
> 	be offered directly from the "front page".
>   The GTK+ frontend will probably explore these ideas as well as some
> other things that I can't replicate in a terminal (having multiple font
> faces is just an amazing thing, let me tell you).  Once we finish with
> it I'll take a look at how the terminal interface should be updated.
>   Daniel

I look forward to testing it out!
Damon L. Chesser

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