Remembering packages

Colin opened this bug the other day.

Fedora 8 comes out in a few days, and like him I normally clean out the rubbish from my $HOME, and wipe my root partition. This gets rid of all the get-me-running-bodges and failed updates of a typical rawhide cycle.

What I normally do is install the latest live cd, and just execute a massive script that has yum install foo bar baz, where foo bar baz is a list of about 200 packages.

I think I'm right in saying Colin suggests a dialog like “Do you want to install all your usual packages?” on first boot of the new OS. This would be great for me as it's one less hacky script that I use once in a blue moon.

Now, is this a sweet idea, or just feature creep? Feedback welcome.

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

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  1. If you can figure out sane ui for making the “please remember” selection. You might want to keep an eye on: If we can get the repository metadata to include state flags as described, you'll want to make use of that in your “please remember” interface to let users know that certain packages are deprecated/expired and won't be available in the most recent release. -jef

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