Fedora install support for netbooks -- small screen size

Scott Robbins scottro at nyc.rr.com
Fri Jan 8 14:58:10 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 08, 2010 at 09:21:12AM -0500, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> On 01/08/2010 05:19 AM, Vedran Miletić wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 7:41 AM, Christopher Beland<beland at alum.mit.edu>  wrote:
>>> Well, we're still supporting CPU architectures that first appeared circa

>>> 1995...people are certainly still running systems they bought in 2001.
>>> It would be nice to tell my Dad (who was in this boat last week), "oh
>>> well it won't run Vista, but I'm sure if you do a minimal Fedora install
>>> on it you can still check your email" and not have his reply be "the
>>> installer was broken, I couldn't make it past the first screen" because
>>> the "Next" button fell off the screen.
>> Well, you can use text install then, can't you?
> I am always fiddling with the partitions. I suppose mr home user does not.

If text mode hadn't become so limited, it would be more of an option.
I don't know what the "average" user does.  I suppose the average user
will use Windows--I have no idea if MS has managed to solve this issue
(or indeed, if any of the distributions that use GUI installers do--but
the Ubuntu based ones have a more flexible install from the live
CD---where you're already on the desktop, and therefore, can use various
key shortcuts to move the window.

So, if Fedora's target is the type of person who takes the default
install, and is more or less just trying to escape Windows, then the
issue should be fixed, either by scrollbar or other means.  If they're
aiming towards the more advanced user, textmode shouldn't have become
crippled.  :)

> Then there is the apps selection which is difficult to use in text mode.

Yeah, that's another thing.  Pity that the minimal install option has
been removed.

Scott Robbins
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