FreeBSD 9

Chad Perrin perrin at
Thu Jan 19 16:42:40 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:15:08AM +0100, Eduardo Morras wrote:
> I think that a full/complete update of the old installer to add it
> support GEOM, ZFS, scripting and more newer features will consume
> more manpower and resources than create a new one from scratch,
> where the devs aren't chained by old code, backwards compatibility,
> old restrictions and old point of views. This way, is easier correct
> bugs, new features, simplify the installation and even automate it
> to this new installer than try to add them to the old one.

I'm curious: Is this just speculation, or have you determined this by
reading the source of the old installer?  Old code means *tested* code,
and when it is well-maintained it often means easily extensible code.  Is
that the case for the old installer, or is the older installer a crufty
mess of "temporary" fixes that became permanent, as your statements seem
to imply?

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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