why BSDs got no love

Peer Schaefer peer.schaefer at hamburg.de
Wed Dec 23 12:34:13 UTC 2009

On wednesday, the 23.12.2009, 08:38 +0000 Matthew Seaman wrote:
> At the risk of being challenged to produce code (Which, alas, I don't have
> sufficient skill to do.  Or sufficient time.)  I'd design an installer as a
> CLI program that reads in a fairly simple fixed script or language to do the 
> installation work, and have separate Curses and/or X based programs to allow
> users to create the installation script interactively.  I think that would
> fulfil just about everybodies' requirements, from the people that want a
> *shiny* graphical interface to people wanting to do automatic unattended
> installs over serial lines.
> Of course, this sort of project has been attempted before, and been a
> complete failure.
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew

BTW, the Debian installer consists (a) of a modular, frontend agnostic
backend, and (b) different frontend "plugins", e.g. a curses-frontend or
a X/GTK+-frontend. This is a modular and very elegant approach (but
surely difficult to implement).

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