Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:50 UTC, submitted by Michael
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't 'suck' as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. For those of you that have never tried out Solaris, what we've decided to do is to show you this 'usability gap' with the installation process in Solaris compared to Linux. Is the experience really that bad?"
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As far as I can see...
by twenex on Tue 26th Jun 2007 13:55 UTC
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...The only big flaws in the Solaris installation program that Phoronix pointed out were:

(a) You have only a limited amount of time to choose a non-console installation;

(b) The keyboard and timezone settings were more difficult than they need to be.

I agree that it's nice to have a map instead of having to drill down for a list for timezone settings, but OTOH that might be easier for people who don't have as much fluency with mice. How about investigating (at minimum) the possibility of being able to choose from a list of options using the mouse (via something like GPM, which may or may not be a "Linux thing")?

For me, the joint number one things that makes a decent installer (and here I'm going to controversially exclude the Ubuntu installer from that category) are: (a) The ability to customize; and (b) clear explanations of what you are doing. "Automated" installations like Windows' and Ubuntu's are fine if you have a stock configuration, but unless they hide a decent, well-explained, multi-choice installer they just end up being annoying.

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