Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 18:59 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome Something's - once again - brewing within the GNOME project. While a mere suggestion for now, and by no means any form of official policy, influential voices within the GNOME project are arguing that GNOME should become a full-fledged Linux-based operating system, and that the desktop environment should drop support for other operating systems such as Solaris and the BSDs. I have a feeling this isn't going to go down well with many of our readers.
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RE[7]: Sad but inevitable
by vermaden on Sat 21st May 2011 12:39 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Sad but inevitable"
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No, I haven't. But from the link you provided it seems that bsdinstall is just supposed to be an intermediate solution. It's surely an improvement, but does it compare with the modern installers like debian-installer or anaconda provided on Linux?

Yes, its temporary sollution, there is work in progres to provide 'fully capable' installer.

Talking 'modern installer' I assume that You want a graphical (QT/GTK) installer that a definite newbie will be able to click-out the install process, there is also such installer for FreeBSD, the PC-BSD installer ( written in QT adn it alows You to install PC-BSD and if You do not need all preconfigured stuff, it also allows You to install PLAIN FREEBSD version.

The PC-BSD installer uses pc-sysinstall as a backend (which is set of created POSIX sh(1) shell scripts) and frontend is in QT, the 'complete' goal of text/curses based FreeBSD installer is to use that backend for the installer.

Is it already used by default when I download and install a current stable release of FreeBSD? We're not talking about stuff which is still in the making but actually being used ;) .

Its already in snapshot builds for the 9-CURRENT FreeBSD, the installer is planend for 9.0-RELEASE which will happen somewhere between 2011/06 and 2011/09 probably.

Which isn't really an improvement over CVS for a large scale project like FreeBSD. I think most developers agree, that for really large projects which have many branches in the sources and lots of developers, a distributed RCS like git is a much better choice.

I would like to comment on that, but I am not a developer, the 'biggest' things that I write are mostly shell scripts or wrappers so I do not have ANY experience with any large scale code repository.

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