Fresh install on gmirror'ed disks?

JoaoBR joao at
Fri Mar 3 08:45:51 UTC 2006

On Friday 03 March 2006 00:01, Mike Jakubik wrote:
> Because most Linux distributions have had this feature for a while now.
> It's no secret that our installer blows. It gets the job done for a
> basic install, provided you know its quirks, and thats it.

I don't think that having or not a raid option at install time is classifying 
the installer as behind nor I think it is important. Freebsd's installer 
probably lacks a nice look but on the other side it is clear and direct and 
you get without lots of questions and blabla the system up and running in 
5-10 minutes what certainly is straight forward and not behind. 

> > What would be the advantage to have raid as OS install option?
> > Certainly such option confuse average users which probably do not know
> > what raid is.
> I think the advantage is clear. You don't have to waste time installing
> the OS, then going through a complex procedure to setup RAID, and
> reinstalling again, i think that would confuse average users more.
> Besides, FreeBSD is a server operating system, and is not intended for
> average users. 

The only advantage I can see is when you really want raid at install time and 
that definitly is not usual. 

Even if *your* opinion is that Freebsd is not intended for average users it is 
used by thousends of them. 

Setting up raid with gmirror on FBSD is as easy as dd'ing an image to a floppy 
disk so I do not see where you wast your time - still less since you do not 
need to reinstall the OS again. So who is confused here is you.

> If you don't know what RAID is, you shouldn't be in IT.

well well, "if you don't know shut up" is definitly a wise comment and helps 
people learning ... this thought is so far behind as when people still walked 
on all four. 


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