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Re: Install 'wizard'
On Wed, 25 Nov 1998, Doug Loss wrote:
>Here's a URL to a site telling about someone's work on making a
>Java-based "wizard" similar to what MS Windows users are used to
>seeing. I haven't looked closely at it, but this might be worth
Oh, no! Let's not enter windoze nonsense masquarade!
The best wizard is:
rpm -hiv your_pack.rpm
(on many rpm-based Linuces)
Or similar one in other Linuces.
rpm -hiv /dir_with_some_rpms/*.rpm
is even more easy, do you agree?
All those so called 'wizards' (and especially in Java, which in
itself is hard to keep up to date) is false caring of the users
The reason retarding Linux from not-so-skillful users is lack
of PnP support and not so powerful hardware detection
My idea is that Linux must run out-of-the box.
This week I am setting up one Linux computer for one of our
The most painful thing is to setup hardware.
Software side is very easy: I just selected packages (which I
already had in rpm form) and issued the above-mentioned
commands. Few customization strikes (for example, hostname and
provider's modem pool phone, etc.) - and it is set.
OTOH, I have not solved all hardware problems yet. While
SoundBlaster ran without any problems, netcard seem to have
some Plug-n-Play madness...
I feel like all those wizards only make things difficult.
Linux is about knowing what you are doing. So all what is
needed - great documentation and some 20-30 per cent in OS
market (to make hardware vendors write drivers for Linux as
well as for other systems. ;-)
I also think that school computers must be setup by
specialists, not by CS teachers. This is true for every OS.
Additional software could be installed by teachers. In Linux it
could be more convenient and efficient if done by distro's own
>considering along with the Installfest program I posted info on a few
>days ago if it can make installation of Linux programs less imposing to
>the average user. These could be useful in both school and home
>settings. And now, the URL:
>Doug Loss It is impossible to imagine Goethe
>Data Network Coordinator or Beethoven being good at billiards
>Bloomsburg University or golf.
>email@example.com H. L. Mencken
Roman A. Suzi
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