why BSDs got no love

Freddie Cash fjwcash at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 17:00:08 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:34 AM, Peer Schaefer <peer.schaefer at hamburg.de>wrote:

> 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.
> 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).
> This is similar to how the BSD Installer project is organised:  a non-GUI
backend with various Text, GUI, and web frontends available.

Freddie Cash
fjwcash at gmail.com

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