[linux-elitists] [RANT] Debian the Elitist Distribution? [was Re: RFI: Recommendation for a good Vocabulary Builder]
Mon Feb 16 00:50:57 PST 2004
Quoting Mike MacCana (email@example.com):
> To elaborate...
> The thing is, why shouldn't it DDC probe monitors by default? Why not do
> the sensible thing out of the box in the default installer rather than
> having me run round the net to find the one installer that does LVM, DCC
> probes my monitor, and runs appropriate post-install actions for when I
> add or remove a piece of hardware?
Yeah, it's a good question. I'm not sure about the logic, and can only
speculate; the installer's maintainers might have been thinking that
default hardware autoprobing is (generally) risky because it can lead
some some systems freezing up when poked at -- but that seems
implausible in the case of DDC information, right?
More likely, those guys decided a long time ago that debootstrap
(core of that installer) basically needed to be replaced with a modern
moduler installer rather than patched up. (Which is being done.)
(It should be mentioned that Debian installers that do DCC probing
exist, e.g., Knoppix.)
> Why not do the sensible thing out of the box in the default installer
> rather than having me run round the net to find the one installer that
> does LVM, DCC probes my monitor, and runs appropriate post-install
> actions for when I add or remove a piece of hardware?
At the risk of displaying characteristic hubris, you need look only in
exactly one place -- my Debian installers page. ;->
> Thanks for your response,
You're welcome, as always, Mike.
Cheers, There are only 10 types of people in this world --
Rick Moen those who understand binary arithmetic and those who don't.
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