Guided image selection: POC, RFC
selecting the right image for his or her use case; the idea being that
we'd ask them a few questions, and then say "this is the image you'll
need to download if you want to install Debian like that".
A proof of concept is up at
If people like this, it will require some more work before it can go
live. In particular:
- It currently has no visual appeal. Someone with better graphical
design skills than myself will have to fix that.
- After asking questions, it tells you 'this is what you asked for', but
it doesn't actually give you the URL, because that part hasn't been
- There is a button "disable this, give me the full list". Once you
click on it, it's gone and there's no way to get it back (other than a
page refresh). This may not be ideal.
- There may be a need to improve some of the language in the questions.
- This adds two files, a .js file and a .json file. The first contains the
logic of showing the buttons etc and should not need to be localized
(although there are some direct strings currently, and they will need
to be moved elsewhere); the second contains the questions that should
be asked and what their effect should be. It may be necessary to
either generate the second in such a way that it can be localized, or
update my makefile rule so that the localized .json files are stored
and copied from the right language-specific directory.
I decided not to spend too much time on that now though, since I thought
it would make more sense to show what I've got so far and ask for
So. Thoughts? Does this look like something useful? Should I spend more
time on finishing it up and possibly adding it to the website proper?
Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?
-- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008