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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Nice, but why?
by theraven1982 on Fri 31st Aug 2007 09:41 UTC
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Although I admire the effort, this is mostly interesting for less 'technical' users... which are better served with PC-BSD or DesktopBSD. Sysinstall has its shortcomings, but it's proven/reliable/stable.

It looks really great, but I can't help but think it could be better when they would work together with the PC-BSD/DesktopBSD guys. At least they have the same goals.

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RE: Nice, but why?
by Daniel Seuffert on Fri 31st Aug 2007 13:19 in reply to "Nice, but why?"
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I'm sorry but speaking for DesktopBSD (and PC-BSD as well in absence of Antik, Kris Moore, Charles Landemaine or anybody else from there) I can tell you the concept of finstall is totally different from those of DesktopBSD and PC-BSD and I cannot see any benefit of mixing ideas or the like. finstall aims to be a long term replacement of the aged sysinstall as a general purpose installer including PXE etc., the idea of an installer for a DesktopBSD-FreeBSD-project is totally different, see the upcoming DesktopBSD 1,6 release or RC3 yet with a graphical Grub-menu etc. It's not only the mere size or using kdebase and Qt, it's about matching specific demands and not general purpose.

I will not go in any technical details here because this place is not appropriate imho but I think you got the message.

Best regards, Daniel

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