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#1 2020-10-31 19:05:37

Toad39
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Registered: 2020-07-06
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[Solved] Graphical Installer

Hello,

I recently stumbled on a third-party ArchLinux install guide (supposedly from a long time ago, using grub 0.6) that showcased a graphical installer. Because they provided links to the official archlinux install guide and media, it makes me seem that there used to be a graphical installer. This is backed up by an Internet Archive of the archlinux install guide from 2011. I have two questions about this:

  • Why did archlinux originally have a graphical installation method? I thought that archlinux was targeted at advanced GNU/Linux users, but why would said advanced user want to use a graphical installation guide?

  • Why did the ArchLinux team make the decision to discontinue/delete the installation guide?

Thank you for your time.

Last edited by Toad39 (2020-11-01 21:09:58)

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#2 2020-10-31 19:21:21

Lone_Wolf
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Re: [Solved] Graphical Installer

It was a ncurses-based tool for CLI environments called AIF that automated some steps but left plenty of room for executing shell commands outside of it.
Many people don't consider that a graphical installer.

AIF had issues and the number of people maintaining it dwindled fast until sometime in 2011 / 2012 there was no one left.
Arch devs switched to arch-install-scripts which are still in use today.

If you want details , check https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-public/ archives for that time period.

Last edited by Lone_Wolf (2020-10-31 19:21:43)


Multi-init booting with apg Openrc and systemd coexisting
Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
Aur helpers : makepkg + my own local repo === rarely need them

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#3 2020-11-01 21:09:36

Toad39
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Re: [Solved] Graphical Installer

Oh, ok.

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