Subject: Re: Graphical Sysinst in 2.0
To: Herb Peyerl <>
From: The Grey Wolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/07/2004 15:59:37
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Thus spake Herb Peyerl ("HP> ") sometime Today...

HP> My biggest peeve (and this may be outdated since I haven't looked at
HP> sysinst for a couple of years) is that there's no way to interactively
HP> and visually size your disk partitions without pulling out your
HP> calculator or adding numbers in your head... Maybe I'm the only doofus
HP> who needs to have pictures (ascii is fine) but that's about the only
HP> thing I'd want out of a new 'sysinst'.
HP> If this already exists, then I'm sorry for bringing it up.

I don't think it exists, and I think this would be a nice thing to have

The other calculation I would like to see present in the calculation
of disk sizes is that if you want a 128MB filesystem, it figures in
metadata overhead such that you get a 128MB filesystem.

With regard back to the graphical installer, I think it would be
wholly possible to have the option to have a graphical installer
WITHOUT requiring that X *ever* get installed onto the hard drive.

Not that I'd use it, but rumour has it that there are several people
(some of them on this mailing list) who would like to see this.

The installer would probably ultimately check to see a) if you have
a graphics-capable video card, b) sufficient memory not to be relegated
to a text-based installer and c) the desire to use a graphics-based
installer.  If any of the above criteria are not met, fall back to
text-mode.  It's *really* not that big a deal.

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