20050315 DVD Installtion Report

Matt Galvin matt.t.galvin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 02:35:18 UTC 2005

On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 21:28:10 -0500, Matt Galvin <matt.t.galvin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I broke down and bought a few new DVD's today and just finished the
> installtion. For a mostly untested DVD based installation, it went
> very well. I came across a few mostly minor things and I also have a
> few suggestions for improvements.
> * I downloaded the DVD iso with wget just to have a fresh iso (will
> use rsync or something else next time) (thanks to mdz for the 2GB file
> limit wget fix)
> * From inside my previously existing Ubuntu system I burnt the DVD
> from nautilus, this went fine with the exception that the progress bar
> continued scrolling/animating even after the burn was complete (no
> biggie, just should not have done that)
> * Slightly OT, The Disk Mounter applet slightly incorrectly displays
> my DVD drive type, it displays as "DVD +/- R" and it's really a DVD
> +/- RW DL, it a Pioneer DVD-108.
> * Booting off the DVD worked just fine.
> * The partitioner lists my DVD as a drive I can format/install onto as
> /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target0/lun0/cd. Obviously I cannot use this as
> the destination for the installation and it should not show up here.
> * The installer tests the network repositories even though it never
> uses them for the installtion. I know they will get used later on when
> the system is up and for getting the latest updates, but (maybe I am
> off a little) isn't the point of the DVD install to not "need" the
> network at installtion time at all (normally) since all the supported
> packages are on the DVD. The user will get the updates when the system
> comes up via Synaptic and/or the update manager. Maybe it should test
> for them here, just a suggestion.
> * The DVD gets ejected upon reboot even though it is still needed to
> complete the installation. I know this is just the way it works for
> now but "other" OS's that still need the disc do not eject it. The
> "other" OS's just don't boot off the CD it boots into the base system
> and completes the installtion so long as a key is not pressed. Maybe
> the bootloader on the CD can somehow detect this on a soft reboot --
> maybe based on something left in /tmp/half_done_with_install. Just a
> suggestion based on half a thought ;). It's not a big deal, just an
> inconvienience to the user.

oops, Colin mentioned this in his 20050312 report, sorry.

> * I like that it set up the 686 kernel by default instead of the 386
> kernel since I am using a 686 based machine :) Well done!
> This concludes my review :). All in all, it went mostly as expected
> and in the end it worked so that is always good :). Keep up the good
> work everyone.
> Thanks,
> Matt

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