I am interested in technical reasons why Debian isn’t using Ubuntu’s GUI installer. Why work on a separate project? Or are the reasons purely a matter of taste?
Helmut Grohne [ Editor ]
You could have asked for why Ubuntu isn’t using Debian’s GUI installer, too. It basically boils down to differing requirements. Ubuntu requires ease of use. Debian requires flexibility. So what does flexibility mean in practice?
- The Debian installer requires little memory, so it can target lower hardware.
- It also targets more architectures.
- The text UI is just a different interface for the same installer (Ubuntu does not have a text UI afaik).
- You can heavily customize and automatize installation using preseeding (http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed ).
(This list is definitely not exhaustive.)