SSH and the Ubuntu Server

Clint Byrum clint at
Fri Nov 19 01:15:49 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-11-18 at 23:39 +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:34:58PM -0600, Robbie Williamson wrote:
> > So I see the 1st stage as just installing the minimal server, then we
> > boot to a login prompt...user logs in and can either do his/her business
> > as desired or launch the 2nd stage (which they are told about in a 1st
> > boot motd-type message).
> The problem is that doing task selection in the second stage, for a CD
> installer, requires keeping copies of a bunch of packages because it's
> quite plausible that the user ejected the CD.  The code necessary for
> this was horrific, and I think the problems with it are fundamental.
> It's really much better to do the whole installation in one go, IMO.

We weren't even considering using the CD during the 2nd stage. I happen
to think that trying to use the CD after the installer is done, as
anything other than a source for a local package mirror, is more trouble
than it is worth.

I sat here and tried to type out my reasons for still wanting a 2 stage
installer, but I couldn't make sense of it. I think you're right. One
install, with really well thought out defaults and not too many
questions seems the simplest (but not too simple) solution.

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