Ubuntu 10.10's installer looks rather nice
Richard W.M. Jones
rjones at redhat.com
Mon Oct 11 10:41:13 UTC 2010
I installed and played with Ubuntu 10.10 over the weekend (in a VM),
and I have to say that their installer is very smooth indeed. It's
starting to make anaconda look distinctly clunky.
Some of the things it does which are IMHO better:
- starts disk formatting / copying / installing in parallel
with asking user questions
- downloads updates in parallel too
- uses IP geolocation to guess the user's timezone and keyboard
settings (it's been 100% correct for me each time)
- suggests a username and hostname based on the user's real name
(Mac OS X's installer also does this -- it's a nice touch)
This is in contrast to anaconda (certainly from the live CD install)
which seems to be a usability no-go area.
Thoughts? Can we switch to their installer?
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