Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Aug 2007 08:35 UTC, submitted by lomax
FreeBSD "Welcome to the home page of the finstall project, accepted for Google's Summer of Code 2007. This project aims to create a user-friendly graphical installer for FreeBSD & FreeBSD-derived systems. The project should yield something usable for 7.0-RELEASE, but the intention is to keep it as a "second" installer system during 7.x, alongside sysinstall. In any case, sysinstall will be kept for architectures not supported by finstall (e.g. all except i386 and amd64)." A first version has been released.
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RE: Looks Nice
by Doc Pain on Sun 2nd Sep 2007 14:55 UTC in reply to "Looks Nice"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

"Looks good. I'm hoping that this will help existing windows, os x users, and mandriva users to maybe try out FreeBSD as an OS. So that maybe there will be more options available out there to everyone."

I don't think this is their goal (or could even be). The kind of users you're refering to won't try FreeBSD, they would try PC-BSD or DesktopBSD. This is because users don't want an OS (which FreeBSD would be), they want a preconfigured distribution of an OS and preinstalled software for what they're refering to as "common tasks". On the other hand, a shiny graphical installer could help promote an OS (what a strange relationship!) due to people judging from visual impressions, so people know it exists.

As you may know, FreeBSD is user friendly. It's just picky about its users. :-)

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