One Button Installer improved with dialog menus and xz compression

Aere Greenway Aere at
Mon Oct 14 03:14:59 UTC 2013

On 10/13/2013 05:27 PM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> Hi,
> The OBI has taken the step from [pre]version 0.7 to version 1.0:
> 1. The dialogue has been improved by using screens made with the linux
> program dialog. It means a menu style similar to that of the alternate
> installer and the mini.iso. See the attached pictures. Feedback from
> several persons made me understand, that the previous interface was not
> good enough for the majority of computer users, so this was necessary.
> There are still some rough edges, but the basic usage should be easier
> and more appealing now. And in the near future I intend to remove the
> rough edges (that I am aware of).
> 2. The compression of the dd-image files and the tarballs is improved.
> The original compression was using gzip. It is still available, but now
> xz compression is also available, and xz compression is more than 20%
> more efficient, often 30% (meaning that the size of the compressed file
> is 20-30% smaller than a gzipped file). xz is slower and needs more
> memory, but not too much. During a test with low RAM, 128 MB, extracting
> the tarball with xz used 62 MB while extracting with gzip used 49 GB.
> Downloading is usually the bottleneck, so small files are preferred.
> The default compression for making an own tarball is using gzip. In the
> present version 1.0, you must run mktbl from the bash shell to create an
> xz tarball, which is one of the rough edges.
> See this link
> Best regards
> Nio

That looks good.

The warnings are more than adequate, which is a good thing.


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