Ubuntu 10.10's installer looks rather nice

Josh Boyer jwboyer at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 13:51:41 UTC 2010

On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 6:41 AM, Richard W.M. Jones <rjones at redhat.com> wrote:
> 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?

I would like to see you create a Fedora Remix spin with this change to
illustrate the benefits.  That way we can evaluate feasibility and
overall value add before we dive head first into it across the whole


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