Installation - More user friendly

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Mar 8 07:11:06 PST 2004

> Well I do have  specific comments about some aspects that needs to
> be improved?
> Right at the beginning of sysinstall should be warning  about what
> to set PC bios options to, like plugNplay off, power management off,
> boot time virus check disabled, PCI irq assignments set to auto, OS
> type set to non-windows, ect. Give then option to cancel sysinstall
> to set bios.

This is a good idea.   Go ahead and submit an update for it.

> That should be followed with option  for standard basic install
> using whole hard drive from cdrom, and no questions from that point
> on. Behinds the scenes, fdisk deletes all hard drive partitions,
> disklable uses auto config, skip config is taken, distro of kernel
> source, no x-server, and no to all other questions, except set root
> password and timezone.

Ehhh.    Maybe as only one last option.

> Then for the original way, for each option question, give info about
> what this option enables and why one would enable it.

I think all documentation should include more 'why' and 'why not' 
discussion.    So, sure.   Go ahead and write it all up and submit
the update.    Try to be systematic in your writing style though 
and make sure it does not reflect personal prejudices about particular
software and styles of system use, etc.  The below paragraph is a
start, but is a little ragged and would need some work before including
it in an update submission, for example.


> Example
> enable NFS server (yes / NO)   NFS stands for (Network File server)
> An advanced function where by this system you are installing will
> have an (Local Area Network) behind it and you want this system to
> share It's disk space with the other FBSD PC's on the lan. Answering
> yes will start the NFS server on this system and all the FBSD pc on
> the Lan must have the NFS client running to access and share the NFS
> servers disk space. Will not work with MS/windows PC on the Lan. Can
> be enabled later by rc.conf statements. Only answer yes if you know
> for certain you are going to use this function in the immediate
> future.
> This kind of pointed detailed information embedded into each
> question installer is asked to respond to, provides the installer
> with  the info necessary to make an informed chose right there in
> front of them where it belongs and not off in some un-accessible
> handbook.
> That is what I see is missing from the sysinstall process and why it
> is so user unfriendly to all but experienced FBSD users.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Bob Johnson
> Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2004 8:22 PM
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Cc: Donald Turnbull
> Subject: Re: Installation - More user friendly
> On Sunday 07 March 2004 02:49 pm, Donald Turnbull <Donald Turnbull
> <dmturnbull at>> wrote:
> > Does the folks of FreeBSD has any plans to make installation more
> > user friendly for the newbie or the non-tech minded user for
> example
> > like Red Hat or Mandrake Linux installation? The point for
> technology
> > is to make people lives easier right?
> >
> It seems pretty friendly to me.  It really helps to read the
> directions
> first, though.
> By "user friendly" do you mean "pretty", or do you have a specific
> complaint about some aspect that needs to be improved?  Which
> part of the install should be changed, and how should it be changed?
> - Bob
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