Ubuntu 10.10's installer looks rather nice

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Tue Oct 12 12:52:13 UTC 2010

On 10/12/2010 02:16 PM, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn wrote:
> On 10/12/2010 10:28 AM, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>>      Hi,
>>> Striving for usability and pleasantness for the untechnical users certainly is
>>> a good thing. It gets problematic when you choose to make things technically
>>> inferior just to please those kind of users.
>> We don't have to make things inferior to improve usability.  To stick
>> with the "advanved storage" example:  IMHO the selection screen between
>> basic and advanced storage is confusing and superfluous.  First it
>> should probably be named "local storage" and "SAN storage".  Second
>> anaconda can default to local storage if a local disk is present (option
>> to add SAN storage needs to be there of course).  If no local disk is
>> present it can go straight to SAN setup.  One screen and one mouse click
>> less for most of the users.
> If you want to appeal to the same audience Ubuntu is going for then you
> have to remove choice.

Why? All that would be required would be to move it out of this 
audience's way (the "defaults").

As Gerd mentioned in another mail, SUSE's installer seems interesting 
wrt. this. Its "defaults" cater the demands of "uneducated desktop 
installers", while still allows many kinds of complex setups outside of 
the "defaults" in "advanced menus".

Apart of what Gerd already said, SUSE's installer also comes with clever 
GUI-implementation details, which I think might be worth a look into for 
the anaconda folks ;)


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