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Re: reply: linux (potentail) end user

Kevin Forge wrote:
> Dean Plude wrote:
> >
> > There are many good points brought up but, the most common I have seen
> > in this and others is installation issues.Maybe there is a way to get
> > the current configuration and cross it to a database of hardware (this
> > would be a way to eliminate a lot of install problems) .Before any thing
> > is done or should be done to the users syztem .I would probally use a
> > dos exe program to compile a list of hardware and save it to a file for
> > the install program to use for settings and module installation.
> >  The end results would be a almost fully automatic install from the
> > users stand point whith the system optimized for their hardware and
> > capacities.Maybe if we could get some other input as to what the
> > structer of the data file should be etc... I could try a draft in the
> > dos part.I would say we could try it directly from the boot but if the
> > user has any obscure hardware it probally would go undetected by the
> > program.
> Biggest problem is that most hardware setup snafus are with brand
> new items that Linux distributors haven't herd of and software
> developers haven't written drivers for.
That is why we should check BEFORE the install does anything to the
system as to 
save/allow the user an option to bail on install and a lot of headpain.
Some thing Just will never be suported like WIN* equipment and they
should find 
this out rirgt away.
 The concept is to check exsinting hardware aginst a list of the
hardware the 
GNU/Linux does support.
Dean Plude