[Lubuntu-qa] People do not understand the desktop installer

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at gmail.com
Fri Nov 29 19:44:17 UTC 2013

2013-11-23 10:45, Nio Wiklund skrev:
> On 2013-11-23 10:23, Elfy wrote:
>> On 23/11/13 08:47, Nio Wiklund wrote:
>>> Hi Elfy,
> ...
>>> I have to admit that I misunderstand the wording in one of the auto
>>> install options.
>>> -----
>>> When the user intends to overwrite *Ubuntu in a dual boot system, the
>>> result can be to overwrite Windows or the whole drive.
>>> -----
>>> There is something in the English wording that I misunderstand, so I
>>> feel that the wording should really be improved. There should also be a
>>> red or black warning, that the drive will be overwritten, added to that
>>> rewording.
>> Then to me mind /this/ is the /bug/ and should be reported as such. I'd
>> Me Too such a thing.
>> Nothing wrong with dealing with that.
> ...
>> Elfy
>> -- 
>> Ubuntu Forum Council Member
>> Xubuntu QA Lead
> I will take some time to prepare for this ... testing and looking at the
> pages, maybe taking screenshots and writing notes.
> Maybe I should check the English as well as the Swedish wording ...
> and the corresponding result.
> Best regards
> Nio
Hi again Elfy,

I have looked at a few cases with the auto install options (with
different sizes of the partitions, with and without Windows, with and
without other linux distros installed. (Lubuntu 13.10 desktop 32-bits iso).

I have to admit, that after careful reading, the information seems
correct. There is the first partitioning page, where the install option
can be selected. Then, depending on the conditions, some alternative
second pages are shown. There I can also see the text

... use the advanced partitioning tool for more control

with a tiny font. This is 'Something else' at the first partitioning
page, and what I prefer, because it is easier to see what is happening.

Anyway, these second pages sometimes show slightly strange choices and
minor errors in the text, but after careful reading, I understand what
is written. I don't think the 'install alongside' auto options will
cause many destroyed file systems.

In one case, after going back (with the back button), the installer
started directly without a second page again. I'm not sure I can repeat
it, I guess it is a bug, but it is not what I am concerned about.


I think the most risky case is where 'the entire disk will be used',
which is written with bold font on the second page. The title is 'Erase
disk and install Lubuntu' with large font. It is evident if you stop and
read. But the background colour is neutral grey and the text is normal
black. I think the text or the background should be red (like the red
signal colour for recording). This should stop some people from clicking
automatically before reading the text.

Well, what do you think? Will such a bug report go to the 'wish-list'
bin? Or would it have a chance to get fixed?

Best regards

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