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LinuxIran.org: Looking at Libranet GNU/Linux 2.8

Aug 12, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aryan Ameri)

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"Only one word can describe Libranet's installer: 'awesome'. Libranet's installer is text based (gasp), but it is simple, clean, easy to use, and smooth. Unfortunately there is this mentality among many computer users that everything graphical is easy to use, and anything text based is geeky and is not user friendly. Libranet's installer just shows how wrong this mentality is. I myself have dozens of times found my self in a situation dealing with a graphical installer, where I just don't know where to click because everything is so messed up. And I don't understand why some people call those eye candy useless installers which are barely able to perform their jobs; 'user friendly'. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a graphical installer. But in my opinion an installer (or in fact any kind of program) can be good and user friendly, or can be bad an useless, regardless of wether they are graphical or text based.

"Like nearly all other GNU/Linux distros, the Libranet installer starts by asking you about your keyboard layout. After this you are required to partition your hard drive, and mount necessary partitions. Libranet gives you the option of using a couple of filesystems, namely ReiserFS, ext3 and ext2. I opted for my preferred file system which is ReiserFS. Libranet also gives you the ability to use GNU Parted, to resize existing FAT or NTFS partitions. I didn't test this feature because I didn't have a windows partition on any of my testing systems, but I have heard that it works flawlessly..."

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