New work on installer?

Robert Storey y2kbug at
Mon May 17 15:40:48 PDT 2004

On Mon, 17 May 2004 01:00:37 -0500
<timh at> wrote:

> Has there been any new work on the installer or planned? If not, I would like
> to help... What about graphical?

If you're looking to improve FreeBSD's user-friendliness, more usefual than a
GUI installer would be a few network setup tools. To get some idea what I'm
talking about, take a look at Slackware's "netconfig" and "adsl-setup" tools.
These aren't GUI, just ncurses scripts, but very easy to use. When I was a FBSD
newbie, one of my most frustrating experiences was having to manually write and
modify /etc/ppp/options and /etc/ppp/ppp.conf. I think a lot of newbies get to
this point, spend a few frustrating days tearing their hair out, and then give
up and go back to Redhat or SUSE.

A user-friendly GUI or ncurses script for configuring the new PF firewall would
no doubt win a few converts too. Take a look at Guarddog (a Linux tool for IP
tables) to get some idea.

Just my 2 cents.


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