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Old 03-30-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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Can Linux Installers be "ported"? YALI for Ubuntu


Is it possible to mod the installer from one distribution to another? For instance i prefer Mandrake's or Pardus's installer's partitioners to Debian's. They are graphical and seem to be more intuitive to me.

I've reading up on Linux installers, and I think it would be really cool to could create a mash up of sorts, take the best of installers from each distro and make a new one. Or maybe port(there must be a better word), your favorite installer onto your favorite distribution. Imagine installing Debain via YALI

I know it'll take a lot of work, YALI is made using Python and Qt, d-i uses Gtk (for the graphical frontend to cdebconf). Besides, installers are among the most critical components in the whole setup, i mean a broken installer would mean lots of work for the users and consequently for the dev community. Plus the package management systems differ from distribution to distribution.

I guess i am looking for thoughts on this, this isn't exactly a standard question

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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Sure its possible, it's just a custom version of linux. You can get various package managers working on a single system and even get them to update each others files if necessary, but it's a lot of work. What you're wanting to do is tantamount to making a new distribution.


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