Selling FreeBSD

crizza crizza at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jun 5 19:06:33 BST 2003


Jon Mercer wrote:

> Jonathan Belson wrote:
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>> On Thursday 05 June 2003 2:49 pm, Ceri Davies wrote:
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>>> On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 02:30:00PM +0100, Jon Mercer wrote:
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>>>> I'm not sure that going for a whizzy install is going to make for a
>>>> wider adoption of BSD. Has anyone looked at the Lehey column in Daemon
>>>> News, it does touch on this.
>>>>     
>>>
>>> I'd agree that I don't feel there's a great need for a whizzy 
>>> installer.
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>>
>> Maybe not whizzy, but the current installer does leave a lot to be 
>> desired.
>> As Jordan Hubbard explained, some of them are due to the limitations of
>> the dialog library, but there are a number of sysinstall gotchas which
>> you have to learn to avoid.
>>
>> Having installed a few linux distributions (RedHat and Mandrake) and
>> solaris recently, I can see that sysinstall is really is showing its
>> age.  Okay, not everyone want a step-by-step wizard install (although
>> it's nice when you want to do a no-brainer install :-) but having an
>> all-in-one installer that can detect your hardware (eg. monitor
>> refresh rates) saves a lot of dicking about.
>>
>
> What I did really like about the SUSE distro was the Xfree86 setup 
> (sax/sax2) under 4.2.0, which correctly set up my laptop with a Radeon 
> mobility 9000 using the frame buffer devices. OK, I didn't get XGA 
> resolution off it, but at least it made it work! Thank god for XFree 
> 4.3.0! XGA is a wonderful resolution to get!
>
>>
>> libh development seems to have stalled, unfortunately, so it looks
>> like we'll be using sysinstall for a while yet.
>>
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>>> Something like Sun's JumpStart on the other hand, would be a major plus
>>> in my opinion.  Yes, this is probably reasonably trivial, but if 
>>> there's
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>> What I like about the Solaris installer is that you can web browse while
>> it's installing the system :-)
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>>
>> --Jon
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Hello.

re: FreeBSD installation.

 I would prefer the FreeBSD installation to be like the OpenBSD installer.

OpenBSD installer just seems a lot simpler and easier to use but then I 
much prefer cli over any form of graphical method.

regards

Chris







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