Installer program for FreeBSD-9.0?

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Wed Dec 8 13:51:59 UTC 2010

On 12/08/10 11:26, Polytropon wrote:
> 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
> process:
> 	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.
I like that approach- works for me anyway...
>>      - 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. :-)
Accessibility should be foremost at this level and above. The legalities 
themselves are becoming hairy these days, and considering the point that 
we are trying to push accessibility in terms of applications (such as 
issues with flash, to name one) using physical accessibility as a 
parallel argument we should be setting an example as well.

That said, there is no reason why can't make it look as pretty as we can 
without compromising this principle :)

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