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Debian Planet: My Take on Progeny

Oct 03, 2001, 12:14 (2 Talkback[s])
"If I had to sum up Progeny in one word, I'm sure it'd be "niggling". Or maybe "unpolished". Whatever that word would be, it's not quite ready to save us all.

I don't like the Debian installer, personally. So I installed Progeny, with a view to possibly sidegrading over to sid (something I have now done to all my [ex]Progeny machines). The first thing that struck me was the first-stage installer in GNOME. Nifty, very nifty. I glided through it, said yes, please, let me use GRUB (something I have on all my machines regardless), set up a complex partition setup, followed the prompts, and rebooted. Yay! Except GRUB failed.

To cut a long story short, I ended up having to do the first-stage installer about 6 times to get it working. If you want to install GRUB, do not have a separate /boot partition, and make your / partition bootable. Admittedly, this may be in the book or such (I just grabbed the ISOs), but it's still not intuitive - something that was supposed to be one of the main strengths of Progeny."

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