Standardized Installation Method for Linux

The other day I read an article proposing to standardize Linux installation through a small disto of Linux. This distro would let you pick which other distrubution of Linux you mean to install, and then pull the installation files needed from the Internet.

the sole purpose of this lean, stripped-down distro would be to get a fresh machine up and running with the Linux of your choice. It could come preinstalled on factory hard drives instead of DOS or, alternatively, it would be small enough to fit on a Live CD or even a USB keychain drive.

Could a common installer be the answer for desktop Linux? | InfoWorld | Column | 2006-03-27 | By Neil McAllister

This is an interesting idea, and one I think could work well as Linux is broadening out to desktop users. The installation process for most Linux distros is somewhat archaic and not very user-friendly. However, most of the current Linux users can trudge through this process. But if the Linux world is to spread to more and more desktop users, an easier and more user-friendly installation system needs to be in place. 

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