why BSDs got no love
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Wed Dec 23 15:48:56 UTC 2009
Randi Harper wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 6:50 AM, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at berklix.com> wrote:
> > 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
> > /usr/src/usr.sbin/sysinstall/install.cfg
> > 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.
> I would sooner stab myself in the face.
Not obvious at all which your personal revulsion applies to
CLI ? ncurses ? install.cfg ?, X11 ?, vi ?
I was trying to think of a unifying structure that would allow for
variant personal preferences, inc. prefs to avoid some interfaces.
(eg personally I've no use for X11 post install, or 'vi install.cfg`
mass production install, but there's others it would attract).
> > 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.
> Sure, once someone writes something everyone can agree upon. Until
> then, sorry, you're stuck with sysinstall. :)
Yes, & All will never agree, it's schismatic, sort of thing
attractive to PCBSD DesktopBSD or Yet-Another-BSD forks/front ends,
or about as endless discussion as which brewery brews best beer :-)
Julian Stacey: BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich http://berklix.com
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