I spent some time this last weekend at a couple of local install fests. They were fairly successful but there were a few things I saw that could be improved.
There are some limitations of the Live CD installer that are included in the Alternate CD. Is there, or how difficult would it be to include, an option to use the alternate text-based installer from the standard Live CD? Considering the Live CD is the standard that is shipped it would be nice to provide all of the options to the new user.
We ran into trouble being able to get the correct resolution to display during the installer on some machines, which made things very difficult. This wouldn’t have been an issue on the Alternate text-based installer. Also, there were a few situations where the partitions weren’t detected. In particular I have always had trouble creating or using LVM with the Live CD.
Personally I always use the alternate CD installer. I think it’s faster, has fewer bugs and seems to be just as simple to use. What have the rest of you found when using the two methods and is there any way that they can be improved in future versions?