why BSDs got no love
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Wed Dec 23 14:50:43 UTC 2009
Matthew Seaman wrote:
> ... an installer as
> CLI program that reads in a fairly simple fixed script or language to do
> installation work, and have separate Curses and/or X based programs to al
> users to create the installation script interactively.
I admit being seduced at times by graphical interfaces, but
bland blue screens hide a lot of action & info CLI allows.
I was told blind people need CLI, cos Braille output devices do one
line of 40 chars, (& expensive; possibly mass production might lower
costs / inrease resolution, but Braille is different for different
languages, discouraging mass production ).
Peer Schaefer <peer.schaefer at hamburg.de> wrote:
> 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).
Perhaps the way to go is a common table of target defaults eg
Which could then be edited by all of
Front end CLI (*)
Front end curses GUI (*)
(*) Maybe these 2 alternatives should be
the first question the installer asks ?
Front end X11 GUI (for later after main install complete
- Shudder, Not that I'd use it, but someone
would probably want to write one).
vi - for editing, & writing back to new boot media,
to auto install on multiple identical new machines.
All of 4.11, 7.1 & 8.0 man sysinstall contain:
This product is currently at the end of its life cycle and
will eventually be replaced.
Julian Stacey: BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich http://berklix.com
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