My 2 cents on the whole Fedora to succeed as global wide deployed desktop are...

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at
Mon Sep 3 18:27:06 UTC 2007

On 9/3/07, Martin Sourada <martin.sourada at> wrote:
> Yes, most ARE, but the one with services could be useful. There is a
> batch of services that are useful on most of notebooks, but are unneeded
> on most of Desktops/Servers and vice versa.

This does not have to be in firstboot.. this can be post-firstboot. I
personally do not want to be stuck in the installer or firstboot any
longer than I absolutely must. Turning services off and other
customization tasks I can do after I am in the running
parallel with other more important activities like installing updates
or reading penny-arcade.

Adding a services dialog in firstboot or anaconda has the additional
complication that users who are confused by it, have no mechanism to
talk to other users while sitting in the installer interface or
firstboot.  You are giving unsuspecting users the option to turn
services off before experiencing what the default system
configuration. If they decide to turn things off, things they actually
really need but don't understand the system well enough to know it,
then you have given them the option to cripple the system before they
even see what a working system is suppose to be. And you've done it in
a way that makes it more difficult to get help repairing.

If you want, add a well worded blurb about the existence of the
services configuration tool in a firstboot page or something..but
don't expose services in the installer process. Let users work with
the default services, and then customize.


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