New work on installer? - Checked by AntiVir DEMO version -

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Mon May 17 18:17:59 PDT 2004


On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 06:03:09PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Tue, May 18, 2004 at 06:38:55AM +0800, Robert Storey wrote:
> > On Mon, 17 May 2004 01:00:37 -0500
> > <timh at tjhawkins.com> 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.
> 
> 
> 	I think we (theBSD's) are losing a lot of serious brain
> 	brainpower (and certainly lots of latent high-end talent)
> 	by not having a less-headbanging install.  I've done it
> 	literally dozens of times; I still get flummoxed now and
> 	then.  
> 
> 	What I would do for  GUI/curses build/install would have
> 	a liberal (much space/slice) as the Default.  Then have 
> 	a lynx or links reader point the new users to a few choice
> 	pages if case they want to fine-tune.
> 
> 	How much hacking would it take to have our current 
> 	/stand/sysinstall have a web front end?

A lot, probably.

If you people really want a new installer for FreeBSD this badly, put
your money where your mouth is and set up a fund to pay one or more
developers to work full-time on creating one.

Kris
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