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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Keep on the good work!
by plepser on Fri 31st Aug 2007 09:57 UTC
plepser
Member since:
2007-08-08

I think developers should stick to FreeBSD as close as possible. No need for BSD forks, distro's etc..

Additions and plugins like these guys do can be integrated in the base system and make FreeBSD better and better.

Projects as these make PC-BSD and DesktopBSD superfluous. I am thankful for that!

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RE: Keep on the good work!
by stormloss on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:09 in reply to "Keep on the good work!"
stormloss Member since:
2005-08-03

What are these mysterious benign "developers" as you refer to them as? system code hackers?! system box builders?! what?

PC-BSD is a project based on FreeBSD with a KDE GUI that aims to work out of the box for end users with support, what is the animus against that?

End users need as much choice as they can get
from the MS bottle neck.
These vague "developers" as you call them will use what ever tool they so desire anyway.

How can any project (be it Finstall, DesktopBSD, PC_BSD) that makes long repetitive tasks easy be called "superfluous"?
Maybe in your mind it offends the oh so great UNIX godz for purity, but has no basis in reality.

Go ahead mod me down with your multiple accounts pseudonyms ;)

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RE: Keep on the good work!
by Oliver on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:10 in reply to "Keep on the good work!"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

>Projects as these make PC-BSD and DesktopBSD superfluous.

I'm sorry but your saying too. Both of them AREN'T FORKS or different from FreeBSD in any way. PC-BSD e.g. is just offering an OPTIONAL way of installing software. Both of them are 100% FreeBSD and offering just a bunch of preinstalled software together with some frontends for common tools of FreeBSD.
These "flavours" don't do any harm to FreeBSD, but spreading FUD because of a massive lack of knowledge will kill an operating system in the long run!

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RE: Keep on the good work!
by happycamper on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:28 in reply to "Keep on the good work!"
happycamper Member since:
2006-01-01

Additions and plugins like these guys do can be integrated in the base system and make FreeBSD better and better.

Not many users are going to like this type of additions,plugins added to FreeBSD and I'm one of them. I don't like OS that are getting dumb-down with easy system configuration GUI menus,installers. FreeBSD is one of my main OS, if they are going down this path, it's going to be remove from my hard drive in a heartbeat.

Edited 2007-08-31 11:34

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RE[2]: Keep on the good work!
by Laurence on Fri 31st Aug 2007 12:38 in reply to "RE: Keep on the good work!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I think you're being a tad judgmental there. Even if FreeBSD does have a 'dumbed down' installer, it's an addition to the usual setup rather than a replacement (and not even the default either).

Plus systems like FreeBSD will always be configurable via the .conf files (at al) which you have to do now anyway. So as dumbed down as it may or may not get - you're not going to loose functionality.

Personally though, I can't see any justification in your paranoia. FreeBSD will never try to compete with the likes of the desktop focused BSD packages or any of the number of laymans Linux distros.

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