Jonas Sundström wrote:
Thom Holwerda <slakje@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:...An installer should do just that - install the darn thing. Configuration makes more sense - to me at least - after (or better yet, during) first boot.+1
I don't agree. Doing all in one go will reduce the number of steps: - collect all info - install - reboot Otherwise it would be - collect some info - install - reboot - collect more info If there isn't any good reason against that, why not?
Install guides usually ask you to take a backup. I know I should but I hardly ever do. Adding an application specifically designed for pre-install backup would make sense to me.Good things come in threes: Installer, Backup, DriveSetup. It wouldn't have to be full-featured. One could even skip the usual picking a set of files off a certain filesystem (which may be unsupported), and just do partition and device cloning, partition layout and bootsector backup. Perhaps support FTP:ing to another box, and of course backing up to removable media (USB and Firewire harddisks, DVD-RW). Some of this can be found in http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/ I'm not saying it should be anything like it though.
This is a good idea. - collect all info - backup - install - reboot Regards, Gabriele