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Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness

By   |  February 20, 2006

The next version of Ubuntu, Dapper Drake, is making its slow way to a finished product, with the fourth version of its Flight CD available yesterday.

“Flight CD 4 is ready,” announced Colin Watson on the Ubuntu Announce list yesterday. “This is the fourth in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Dapper development cycle, as images that are known to be reasonably free of show-stopper CD-build or installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Dapper.”

Dapper Drake, the fourth version of Ubuntu Linux, is expected to be released in final form in April 2006.

The biggest development is the live CD installer, Espresso (previously named Ubuntu Express). Instead of installing through the usable but rather ugly Debian-based text installer off of the install CD, Dapper will boot off of the live CD, with an icon on the desktop that will launch a pretty graphical installer.

We know that one local Linux distribution which we cannot name at this point will be launching a similar installation process on its Ubuntu-based operating system before Dapper is released. Tectonic will bring you news on this new distribution soon.

You can download Flight CD 4 for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu. We strongly advise users to not install Dapper on production systems until it is officially released.


8 Responses to “Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness”

  1. mopacker
    February 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Impi Linux perhaps?
    I see they have something called Duty Free, seems to be an evaluation version of something they call Business Class.

  2. Colin Watson
    February 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    No, this has nothing to do with Goobuntu.

  3. Anonymous
    February 21st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    That wouldn\’t be Goobuntu would it?

  4. Daiver
    February 22nd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Big deal…

    PCLinuxOS already does this and it\’s a lot simpler than Ubuntu.

  5. Anonymous
    February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    So does Mepis, if I remember rightly. nice little icon on the desktop, which says, \”Now, install me\” or similar.

  6. Vincent
    February 25th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Just to note: Goobuntu is a bunch of nonsense, it doesn\’t exists, and will not exsist, the thing that comes closest are probably the slightly modified versions of Ubuntu that Google employees might use. See this blog entry by Mark Shuttleworth which denies it:

  7. Charlie
    March 5th, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    I have been evangelizing ubuntu to all who would listen, and one of my main points has been the lack of a bedamned \”graphical installer\”.

    What problem does a graphical installer solve? Only one: When a distribution is reviewed as part of a magazine \”distro roundup\”, the reviewers (who are typically not representative of the community served by *any* distribution) have limited time to evaluate the products they will offer their \”expert opinion\” on, so their judgement will be entirely based on the installation process and a ten-minute test drive.

    This makes \”graphical install\” a valid concern for profit-making organizations that must sell regardless of technical merit, and thus must depend on marketing and \”buzz\”. Ubuntu does not have to make profit and can spread slowly on pure technical and social merit instead.

    Red Hat\’s fall from grace is widely considered to have happened when their profit model changed, but really it began a year or more earlier, when they stopped improving their excellent text-based installer (which has now rotted into irrevelance) and created their much-lauded graphical installer – which takes more CPU cycles in order to present less choice, less information, and more useless eye candy.

    Don\’t be the next Red Hat! Ubuntu Lite is a better idea.

  8. Wazza
    March 31st, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    This sounds very much like a logical progression to me. I\’m trying to move my relatively unsophisticated client base away from Wingedows toward something that doesn\’t need 1Gb RAM and 5Gb of disk space just to load (*grin – ok a slight exaggeration, but only \”slight\”).

    I love that I can let them play with Ubuntu / Kubuntu via the Live CD, but I\’ve lamented the lack of a PCLinuxOS style installer icon on the desktop as an impulse-buy style invitation. Besides, the Debian-based text installer isn\’t the most intuitive piece of software around, despite what the purists evidently prefer.

    Surely if the aim is to proselitize these Windows Xtra Profits users into a new XPerience and away from the Linus blanket (pun definitely intended) of their current Windows interface, it should be something of a gradual seduction, and not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma\’am culture shocking experience.

    BTW, I can\’t wait until Wine is a bit more stable, without the benefit of corporate sponsored proprietary add-ons such as CrossOver Office, and I can kill off the last of their simpering objections to our Brave New (Linux) World.

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