Fwd: FreeBSD 7.1 Content
stickybit at gmx.net
Sun Sep 7 11:37:20 UTC 2008
On Sunday 07 September 2008 06:46:37 Ken Smith wrote:
> The path I'm planning is based on these observations:
> - Many people believe you should just use sysinstall to install
> the baseline system, and any packages/ports installs should
> be done post-install. Its hard to say that point of view is
> - The baseline system and the ports are fundamentally different.
> People should be aware of that from the beginning.
> - At least some of the packages on the ISOs are stale within a
> week of release at times; a bit longer than a week in most
> cases but ...
These points are very true.
> - My plans for DVD sized media (still uncertain how that will
> factor into 6.4/7.1) are to provide CDROM sized ISOs that have
> no packages on them at all (giving people who don't have DVD
> drives something they can still install from) and one DVD
> sized ISO that has packages.
> The path will be to finish what I started a while ago when I removed the
> X11 options in the "installation distributions" section of sysinstall by
> removing the last couple of tidbits that touch packages before you get
> to the "Would you like to view the list of available packages?" section
> of sysinstall (e.g. the offer to install Linux compatibility on i386).
> This will provide us with a clean separation of the baseline system from
> the packages. After doing a baseline install you can choose to:
> - reboot and install ports/packages when it comes back up
> - switch install media to be an FTP server and get a larger
> selection of packages to choose from
> - use the available packages if you're installing from DVD
> No matter which approach you use, you're clearly seeing a separation
> between the baseline system and the packages/ports. If you want lynx or
> links or Gnome or KDE you're aware that they are packages/ports and
> simply select them. If you didn't want them then you don't wind up with
> them sitting on your disk. Basically I'm saying any of the things that
> may have been in the "Distributions" section of sysinstall before (X11
> stuff used to be in the Distributions) are now in the packages section
> along with all the other things that are packages. And with the
> packages only being available on the DVD sized media we stop needing to
> deal with deciding what precious little amount of stuff is worthy of
> being on disc1 versus disc2/disc3/etc. and all the disc swapping that
> comes with CDROM sized media.
> And for at least some arch's we *might* be able to move the livefs
> support back onto disc1 if there are no packages there for CDROM sized
> media - I haven't had a chance to check if that's still feasible.
Very well! I hope you actually go this road and this really becomes true. It
is the most advanced approach I read within this thread, covers pretty much
all needs and make things really idiot proof (no offense meant). Please make it
true! Thanks a lot!
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