my thoughts on FreeBSD

Marina Brown mbrown at
Tue Mar 2 06:31:53 PST 2004

I've taught a number of non-technical people to install the BSD's and some 
linux's. With almost no exeptions they preferred the simpler installs. 
Slackware installs as well as OpenBSD installs were what they liked best.

They did enjoy the Red Hat installs, but they liked the simple installs 

It's easy to want to look like windows, but let's face it. An Operating system
cannot be all things to all people.

Marina Brown

On Monday 01 March 2004 04:29 pm, Johnson David wrote:
> On Monday 01 March 2004 01:08 pm, Scott I. Remick wrote:
> > 3) Old cruft. Apparently a lot of people are too scared of the whole
> > ncurses/sysinstall beast to dare revamping it. It works, and it's
> > tried-and-tested. It's easier and safer to make minor modifications
> > to support new versions than to overhaul it.
> >
> > I wouldn't mind a GUI option, if there were enough people to maintain
> > it, but it'd need to only be an option (leaving the current ncurses
> > install or some other equivalently-easy text-based install for the
> > die-hards). And then you'd have to make sure there were people around
> > enough to support 2 separate install scripts (unless a text-based one
> > could be automatically generated from the GUI one somehow, using
> > templates).
> The sysinstall implementation started out as a quick-n-dirty hack, but
> unfortunately it lived on. I've been pondering the solution to this for
> a few months now. Frankly I don't see the absolute need for a GUI
> installer, but it's certainly a nice thing to have. But a text mode
> installer is essential. So the first step is to get a well designed
> text mode installer.
> The libh project (sysinstall replacement) is dead. I've have some ideas
> on this topic, but it's a bit more than I can do on my own. However,
> the only way stuff gets done in FreeBSD is for someone to get an itch
> and do it, so I'll probably end up doing something soon.
> David
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