Some suggestions about setup

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Sep 28 12:01:13 UTC 2004

On Tue, Sep 28, 2004 at 04:08:11AM -0500, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> Ben Novack wrote:
> >Since Hoary Hedgehog's going GUI for the install [...]
> Speaking of a GUI installer, I've got some suggestions to offer:
> 1. Consider not asking me what name to call my computer.
> I view computer naming as a DNS issue -- something set by my DNS 
> administrator, not me.  The pre-Warty disc appears to get its hostname from 
> DHCP anyhow. Perhaps the user could be asked about a hostname if there's no 
> DHCP server?

If the hostname is set by DHCP or the IP address you get from DHCP
reverse-lookups in DNS to a hostname, that question will have its answer

> 2. Please let me indicate that I want a partition to be mounted 
> automatically but not formatted.

Any GUI installer will have a significantly redesigned partitioning
tool, I would imagine; but yes, this seems like an entirely sensible
feature to keep from the current partman.

> 3. Installing/uninstalling support for additional languages would be great.

Right, this is a Hoary goal.

> I like how Fedora Core lets me add support for additional languages, but 
> it's an option I can only leverage at the time I install the OS.

Just thinking out loud, we might well do it task-style, which means that
you could install new languages with a single aptitude command or fairly
easily in the UI.


Colin Watson                                    [cjwatson at]

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