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Is anaconda giving the opportunity to select custom packages when it's finished?

asked 2012-12-26 06:15:03 -0600

Because I want to install wicd and not NetworkManager in the fist place.

I tried wicd on F18 beta and had some problems after installing wicd, wicd-common and wicd-gtk and removing NetworkManager.

Anyway, is it possible to remove/ select custom packages before installing?


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answered 2012-12-27 12:38:31 -0600

mether gravatar image

updated 2012-12-27 12:39:11 -0600

Fedora 18 (pre-release) installer is a rewrite and doesn't support custom package selection during installation. In this case, you might be better off getting your NetworkManager problem fixed by filing a bug report.

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If the new anaconda doesn't support customizing, it's not ready for prime time. If nothing else, I want to decide which DE I use, and it WON'T be Gnome!

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2012-12-27 12:55:06 -0600 )edit

You can use the KDE Spin at for this purpose

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2012-12-27 20:04:50 -0600 )edit

That's no better, as I use Xfce. I like being able to decide for myself what gets installed instead of having to settle for whatever somebody else thinks I want and up until now, Fedora gave me that flexibility. Losing it would be a Bad Thing.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2012-12-28 16:46:53 -0600 )edit

I think you missed the fact that all major DE's have their own spins in Fedora at and that includes a Xfce spin as well. If you want to customize packages, you can continue to do so via kickstart. I don't believe the installer team has any plans to bring interactive customization back into Anaconda.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2012-12-28 22:07:10 -0600 )edit

This isn't really the right place to discuss this, but I think you're missing my point so I'll try one, last time: I don't like the idea of the devs deciding for me which programs I want installed right at the start and which ones I won't want until later, if at all. I want to decide for myself, which is one reason I never use or recommend using a Live CD for installation. In fact, that exact attitude is one of the reasons I won't even consider using Gnome 3: the Gnome devs have made it as hard as possible to customize it. If I can't install my way, I'll find a distro that lets me.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2012-12-29 16:25:28 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-12-26 16:25:42 -0600

sideburns gravatar image

Yes. Of course it does. Simply select "Customize Now" instead of "Customize Later." Granted, there are some packages (such as the Pan newsreader) that it doesn't offer because the DVD can't have every possible package (Maybe you can get it from a network install, but I've never tried that.) but almost anything the average user really needs is available.

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