Home > Debian > Anaconda GUI Installer for Debian Anaconda GUI Installer for Debian Submitted by Syntaxis 2003-12-08 Debian 17 Comments Anaconda-enabled Sarge install images are now available here. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 17 Comments 2003-12-08 7:39 pm just in case anyone out there hasn’t used it, 10 anaconda screenshots http://mirror.mricon.com/fedora-screenshots/ 2003-12-08 7:42 pm Download quick before it hits slashdot! 2003-12-08 7:49 pm http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/12/08/0442257&mode=nested&tid… It already did, 6:30 this morning. 2003-12-08 7:49 pm I just downloaded it and it looks good! The installer from RedHat was always great and even a noob can use it. Only individual package selection crashes and i saw the word RedHat passes a few times but it looks very promising. Keep on the good work. Will this also includes kickstart (I hope it does it could save me a lot of time.) 2003-12-08 8:28 pm Somone post screenshots from the Installer and the system. 2003-12-08 8:34 pm The only problem keeping me away from Debian was the installer, that’s why I use Fedora with apt-get. 2003-12-08 8:37 pm Or is it working fine already? Is it going to merge back to the main Debian? If yes, when? 2003-12-08 9:05 pm Will Anaconda support all 11 architectures, supported by the “original” installer? 2003-12-08 9:20 pm Anaconda supports 5, so it is portable already, it is just a matter of porting it to other platforms. 2003-12-08 9:27 pm It isn’t available for most architectures and debian-installer will deal with many issues of the old boot-floppies. 2003-12-08 9:44 pm DWN talk: http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/46/ Homepage: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ Review: http://articles.linmagau.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&f… Debian-based distributions can use Anaconda though. Luckily it is Free software. Thank you, RedHat. I’ve not seen any discussion about Anaconda (not) being incorporated into Debian, or various/some Debian ports. 2003-12-08 10:58 pm Sorry but isn’t anaconda for Debian just text based like the old installer? 2003-12-08 11:06 pm No… In fact, the exact opposite is true. From the errata page (http://platform.progeny.com/anaconda/errata.html): “Text mode is unusable.” 2003-12-08 11:08 pm You’ll note they state the new installer only supports IA32 and IA64. The old installer will continue to be a mainstay for folks running on uncommon architectures. 2003-12-08 11:51 pm I REALLY hope that Progeny polishes the anaconda installer because I think it is a great benefit to Debian. However, in its present state, there is still lots of work to be done. It is definitely <em>alpha</em> software. As mentioned above, text mode is unusable. Also, individual package selection results in a crash. I tried installing on a Dell Inspiron 8000 and my display wouldn’t work. The installer would crash trying to start X; since text mode doesn’t work, it was a problem. I plugged the laptop into a port replicator and started the install on an external monitor. Everything was proceeding as planned, except the installer crashed after about 80% of the packages installed Knoppix is the only free and simple Debian installer right now. 2003-12-09 12:22 am >I’ve not seen any discussion about Anaconda (not) being >incorporated into Debian, or various/some Debian ports. Debian proper is sticking with Debian-Installer for now, and because of the time factor (for a 3.1 release) and Debian’s many arches, that’s a wise choice. We’ll just have to wait and see whether or not they switch to Anaconda in the more distant future, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I fully expect most of the Debian-based distros to move to Anaconda. And if Progeny offers a pure Sarge install via an Anaconda ISO, all the better. 2003-12-09 5:24 pm Mepis is also another Debian based distribution and is receiving high acclaim from those using it. Including myself. http://www.mepis.org to check it out.