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Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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zimbatm
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2005-08-22

That is an idea but it may be more complicated than it looks to implement.

Basically, all packages would need to be re-compiled to import a global progress variable because each screen you see is a new invocation of the curses gui tool from the current package. Support for a dual-progress-bar would also need to be added to the curses gui toolkit and the other frontends.

I am not even sure you can build the full list of steps before starting the process. Some .udeb seem to only be called when a prior option has been selected, especially in the disk-partitioning area, where for example you get an LVM partitioning dialog only if you selected the LVM disk layout.

This is really a design issue. The idea (I guess) was to re-use the dpkg toolkit to build those installer steps, but I don't feel like it is appropriate. But changing everything now is a lot of work.

That said, Ubuntu managed to solve the progress-bar issue with their ubiquity graphical installer. I am not entirely sure how they did it but I think they wrapped the dpkg gtk frontend with their own helpers. Last time I tried, the preseeding mechanism was the same as on the classical debian installer, which much less, different and broken options (that was on 10.04).

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