Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59183
RFE:simplify package selection
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:40 EDT
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Description of problem:
right now, the package installation is far too complex for an enduser used to
the windows environment. selecting your software should be just that, picking
the programs _by name_ and installing them. someone who doesn't understand
what library files are shouldn't have to wonder if they should be installing
them as well. for example, the end user should be able to select kde a kde gui
and ask for all relevent packages, but they should also be able to say "include
konqueror and lynx, and no other ftp programs". instead of what we have now,
an ambiguous list of "internet applications" including cryptic names for
programs i *think* i don't need. if the installer is to be an easy thing, then
i should be able to select the programs by name, as they are sorted by type:
nothing else needs to appear on the list, and all required packages should be
installed as needed.
this would of course only be an option, and not the *only* form of
installation. one should be able to select individual packages before/after
the simple install, it's just that the simple install would give you a little
more configurability than what we have now:
it's _too_ simple.
and in order to get specific programs, i have to know the names of each one,
AND know their associated lib, devel files... no one should be expected to
understand if they need libxxxx.so.n just to check their email and write a few
i hope i'm making sense
i've made postings to firstname.lastname@example.org about this and was encouraged to
put all of my thoughts here... checking the list archives might better
describe what i'm trying to say. the subject header was "next release of
redhat installer" (lowercased) and took place beween jan30 - jan31 2002.
Deferring to future release.
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.