Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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RE: Just my two cents
by phoenix on Sat 14th Jan 2012 19:01 UTC in reply to "Just my two cents"
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FreeBSD used to have a very good installer but the one in 9.0 is a real step backwards despite them saying it is a sort of advancement while actually it is not for someone not new to FreeBSD.

sysinstall only supports MBR partitioning with BSD labels. Meaning you cannot use disks over 2 TB. There's also no support for any of the nice GEOM classes (gstripe, gmirror, graid3, graid5, ggate, hast, etc). There's no support for ZFS. There's not even any support for labelling filesystems, partitions, or disks.

bsdinstall supports all of the above.

sysinstall had a bunch of crappy post-install configuration features that were half-assed at best, and cause more issues long-term than they fix in the sort-term.

bsdinstall has none of that.

sysinstall is built using a very ancient, highly customised version of libdialog that nothing else in the base OS supports.

bsdinstall is built using a modern, maintained version of libdialog that is also used by other software in the base OS, and is the basis of the OPTIONS framework of the ports tree.

You have to download a specific version of the sysinstall-based installation CD in order to get a LiveCD where you can do troubleshooting or customise the install.

Every bsdinstall CD is a LiveCD, and you can drop to a full-functioning shell at various parts of the install process so that you can manually do things that aren't (yet) supported by the TUI.

sysinstall is dead. It's been on life-support for about 15 years longer than it should have. It's time to let it go.

bsdinstall is not perfect. But it's a hell of a lot better than sysinstall ever was.

The other one, OpenBSD, is stuck on making you upgrade every six months

And ... that's different from Ubuntu how? Or Fedora? Or any of the other Linux distros with a 6-month release cycle?

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