Creating a encrypted directory during the server installation

Rick Clark rick.clark at
Tue Sep 23 13:27:07 UTC 2008

On Monday 22 September 2008 21:40:56 James Troup wrote:
> Rick Clark <rick.clark at> writes:
> > While I think we need to take a very close look at installer
> > usability in the future, I think that adding htis question makes
> > little difference.  It is easy to preseed it and avoid all
> > questions.
> Err, what?
>  a) if we take that attitude to each new potential question, the we'll
>     soon lose sight of the 'minimal questions during install' goal
>     that was (is?) an original feature/target of Ubuntu

My point was that this one question makes little difference to me personally. 
We are planning on looking at the installer for Jaunty, and adding this for 
this release, to help make a feature visible seems worth it.

 I am far more concerned about the tasksel list growing and the annoying 
keyboard detection.

Minimal questions during install has not, as long as I have been around, been 
an expressed goal of the server edition.    I do agree, however, that it is a 
good thing to make the install as simple and streamlined as possible.  I just 
don't believe asking this one question has a huge effect.

>  b) preseed is great, but I think calling it 'easy' is , well,
>     optimistic

That entirely depends on who you are talking about.  I found it to be 
relatively straight forward.  

> The encrypted directory feature is great stuff but I really don't
> think it's worth adding as a question to all server installs for it;
> at least not in the default mode.
> --
> James

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