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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/ on ZFS
by vermaden on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:37 UTC
vermaden
Member since:
2006-11-18

It is even now possible to use ZFS on / file system [1] in FreeBSD, you only need small [128mb] UFS2 /boot partition for kernel and boot process.

This installer should give such an option in install process, along with graid3/graid5 setups mirror/stripe and all other FS combinations.

Packages can be added later but this is critical for a installer to provide such options.

[1] http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-fs/2007-April/002933.htm...

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RE: / on ZFS
by Luis on Fri 31st Aug 2007 13:52 in reply to "/ on ZFS"
Luis Member since:
2006-04-28

The screenshot says something strange about ZFS:

"Don't choose ZFS if you have less than 1 GB of memory on the machine"

Anyone has any idea of why do you need 1 GB of memory to use ZFS?

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RE[2]: / on ZFS
by vermaden on Fri 31st Aug 2007 16:07 in reply to "RE: / on ZFS"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

ZFS generally likes RAM, check these:
http://wiki.freebsd.org/ZFSTuningGuide
http://mail.opensolaris.org/pipermail/zfs-discuss/2006-April/031451...

also about ZFS for / in FreeBSD:
http://wiki.freebsd.org/ZFSOnRoot

You can also check ZFS/UFS tests/benchmarks that I have done recently:
http://bsdforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51827

Edited 2007-08-31 16:15

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