On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 09:50:01PM +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 19:04:41 (CEST), Andreas Tille wrote:

On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 06:29:11PM +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
> is fullfilled if only one of them is installed as well as if you > can also use
>    Suggests: <not so important package>
> which IMHO are two important advantages over the tasksel approach.

At what time are these metapackages used/installed? After tasksel in the installer? Instead of tasksel?

I tried to enable selection of Blends tasks immediately after
installation (see bug #186085) but failed.  So for the moment
you just install the metapackages as any other package with
your favourite package management tool.

Mmh, it seems that everyone agrees that Blends (it was called CCDs at that time) should provide their specialized installation media, and I'd agree.

It was not called CCD but CDD: Custom Debian Distribution

But if we have such an installation media, the whole concept of metapackages feels strange to me. At installation time, we have much more control about what is installed anyways.

The common development proces in Debian rarely focus on a larger range of packages working together, but mostly on either single/few packages at a time or everything.

The proces of composing Debian Pure Blends helps here. Ideally it should not matter if in the end you install your "Blend" using a standard Debian DVD or a custom rolled out USB memory stick - the experience of an integrated effort should be similar.

So when you ask specifically "is it a custom CD?" or the opposite "is it not a custom CD but 'just' a task in standard tasksel of the Debian DVD" then the answer is the same: "yes, it can be that".

Try read the responses from Andreas again in that light - I suspect it will then make more sense :-)

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