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[6]: Keep on the good work!
by Doc Pain on Tue 4th Sep 2007 22:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Keep on the good work!"
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2006-10-08

"Ubuntu being most popular measured how? User base? Downloads?"

Did I claim "most popular"? I really didn't mean that. I just wanted to state that good preconfigured Linux systems with good i18n and shiny installers are more popular - at least here in Germany - than "old fashioned OS only discs" like FreeBSD is. Let me explain in a few words.

People expect immediate success without having to know everything. Ubuntu provides such a solution, but the same does SuSE, Fedora or Red Hat Linux.

Please excuse that I do not know that much about the various Linux distributions because I do not use Linux on a daily basis. I did just judge from my very individual impressions here. I know many users having no problems with Ubuntu - in difference to "problems" with FreeBSD, such as now knowing the english language, not knowing what to do, not willing to read the available german documentation, expecting defective and outdated (I mean really outdated and strangely assembled) hardware to work out of the box, or getting english error messages while a german KDE is installed... such "problems". Linux seems to handle these "problems" in a more newbie friendly way.

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