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Re: [opensuse-factory] simplicity, WAS: About the Live CDs (PLEASE READ)
  • From: "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <znmeb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:14:51 -0700
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On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 2:36 AM, Graham Anderson <graham@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Friday 08 Jun 2012 22:43:48 Nelson Marques wrote:
It's nice that the install process is being reviewed

On this note, one thing that I think the Ubuntu installer gets right is the
feature whereby the user specific choices such as timezone, user account and
so on are entered after the package installation starts. This means that
rather than staring at a slideshow or progress bar for 15 minutes the user is
actually busy entering details while the system is being installed, then the
choices are applied to the system at the end. This reduces the overall install
time significantly. This is something I'd like to see in our installer.

I've done quite a few Fedora 16 and 17 installs the past few weeks.

1. 17 now has the "Try or Install" decision after doing a lot of
"undercover" work just like Ubuntu, but they don't touch the disk
until they know everything they need.

2. Both Fedora and Ubuntu offer to set up NTP; openSUSE doesn't, for
some reason.

3. It seemed to me, though I didn't clock it, that once Fedora starts
installing, getting everything onto disk is a good bit faster than
Ubuntu and openSUSE. openSUSE used to be faster.

These are minor differences, though, IMHO. They aren't going to drive
adoption by creating new users or taking users away from Windows, Mac
or other distros. That only happens via compelling value propositions
and network effects.

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