Colony 3, Test report

Alvin Thompson alvin-ubuntu at
Sat Aug 20 02:27:40 CDT 2005

now that i've thought about it some more, we both missed a more elegant
solution. this is a one-disc distribution; you can automatically run the
CD test in the background while the user goes through the normal install
process. on anything approaching a modern system (less than 10 years
old), it would hardly be noticeable if noticeable at all. for the
average user, the check will finish before the user finishes with the
required information. that way you'd have the best of both worlds.

you might want to move the partitioning closer to the end, and is there
any reason that ubuntu doesn't do what most other distros do and gather
all the information first and then do all the installing at once?


On Fri, 2005-08-19 at 23:00 -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2005 at 11:49:52PM -0400, Alvin Thompson wrote:
> > On Fri, 2005-08-19 at 17:33 -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > > Because that would force every user to answer an additional question on
> > > every install.
> > 
> > what's wrong with that if the question's important enough?
> I don't think it is.  Consider that it is already possible to run an
> integrity check before installing, but almost nobody does (unless the
> install fails first, and often not even then).  Forcing this question on the
> user doesn't buy us much in terms of diaganostics (users will choose the
> default unless they have a problem).
> It's often surprising sometimes how much difference a question makes in the
> overall user experience, especially a non-obvious one.
> > the first time i tried to install ubuntu i had a bad disk and the install
> > failed seemingly without any explanation. i assumed ubuntu just didn't
> > like my laptop and went with my next choice--suse. it wasn't until later
> > that i tried to install again and figured out the cd was bad.
> Another person would have been unhappy about the install taking so long: the
> check is very slow, especially on certain hardware.
> You already have a choice as to whether to run the check.
> -- 
>  - mdz
Alvin Thompson

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