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Linux.com: A First Look at Debian's GUI Installer

Nov 30, 2005, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Debian's standard text-based installer has been vilified in the past, so I was excited to see an announcement about a graphical installer under development for Debian. A good GUI installer could bring Debian to a lot of users who don't feel comfortable taking the plunge with a text installer. It's pretty early in the testing cycle for Debian's next version, dubbed Etch, so it's likely that there will be a number of changes before the new installer is finalized, but I took the current version for a test run and found that it's already fairly usable.

"The Debian project has a lot to do when it comes to writing an installer. Some have suggested that Debian should adopt the Anaconda installer, but Debian developers have said this isn't feasible for a number of reasons, including the number of architectures supported by Debian, and the fact that Anaconda requires about 64MB or more of RAM to run. The stated requirements for Fedora Core 4 indicate that 192MB of RAM is the minimum for graphical installation. Since Debian targets machines with 32MB and up, Anaconda is a bit too chunky for those systems..."

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