Evaluate GAI vs Synaptic for Dapper

Matt Kirchhoff mek at somnonym.org
Wed Nov 2 00:28:17 UTC 2005

Quoth Matthew East on 11/1/2005 3:44 PM:
> I propose an alternative to this:
> Describe ALL the methods of installing software. So far most of the
> complaints I've seen about our guide is the lack of alternative
> (especially CLI) solutions. I think this is eminently possible without
> sacrificing simplicity. In the case of installing software, it would
> work like this:

I like this approach. It essentially changes the question from "how do
install" to "what do I install." Of course, GAI tends to simply things
to such an extent that some apps may need to use either Synaptic or CLI.
For example, GAI only offers "gDesklets" without the gdesklets-data
package, which the guide says to install.

Also, saw your comment on the repetitive "How do I ..." component of the
Installation section, and added some suggestions to the meeting agenda
wiki in response.

Matt Kirchhoff

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