anaconda / initial-setup / gnome-initial-setup: can we do this better?

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Tue May 21 16:23:47 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-05-21 at 05:23 -0400, Martin Sivak wrote:
> Hi,
> Just to clarify things.
> Anaconda currently requires root password OR user with administrator
> privileges (wheel group). So if you set root password in Anaconda,
> initial-setup will start, but can be dismissed immediately.

I meant to check that but never got around to it. That in itself is a
bug: it ought to require user creation. We don't want to be encouraging
desktop login as root.

> It might be good idea to add some explanation text to initial-setup
> together with the hiding feature (some configuration is hidden because
> it was set during the first install phase..) to avoid user confusion.

I don't think that's really necessary at least with the current layout.
I think the current state is far more confusing, because it makes you
scratch your head and say 'why is it showing all this stuff I just did'?

For all normal cases, once the 'hiding' stuff is implemented, there will
only be two possibilities for i-s: either it runs with a single spoke,
user creation, or it does not run at all. I'm not sure we need
explanatory text for that.
Adam Williamson
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