Installer program for FreeBSD-9.0?

Polytropon freebsd at
Wed Dec 8 01:26:33 UTC 2010

On Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:09:24 +0100, "Julian H. Stacey" <jhs at> wrote:
> My comments/ wish list
>     - One text mode (non bitmap graphical) browser: 	/usr/ports/www/lynx

The lynx browser, due to its "special" key handling, does not
appeal to novice users. NO text mode browser gives a "first
sight effect" that will "convince" a user he's installing a
modern OS. Sounds stupid, I know.

As I said, the way the user interacts with the browser does
determine how fast he gets through the installation. Learning
the browser (instead of just pressing the keys shown on the
screen) could make things look worse.

On the other hand, with the ability of X to run without
configuration on recent hardware, what's wrong with running
X with a graphical web browser - if the user DECIDED that
way? Of course, this decision is the FIRST step in the install

	Install method
	T -> traditional text mode installer (sysinstall)
		(this one does not have all the options)
	W -> web-based installer in text mode
		(typical for professional users)
	G -> web-based installer in graphics mode
		(typical for novice users)
	R -> remote installation
		(just starts the server)
	S -> shell
		(dialog shell access to live system)

	Enter choice: _

Just a simple idea.

>     - Still too complex for blind/ partially sighted people with special I/O
>       phsical devs, I guess.

Very true. The ability of FreeBSD to be a barrier-free (!!!)
OS always made it a first class product. It would be sad if
it would lose this ability in the future, just to cater the
expected "first sight effect" newbies. :-)

>     - There are small clones of standard vi, with executables
>       no larger than ee, could replace ee.

Allow me a side question, but... what's wrong with ee? (Don't
get me wrong, I've been a long-term vi user myself.)

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