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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RE: Features..
by Doc Pain on Sun 2nd Sep 2007 14:48 UTC in reply to "Features.."
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2006-10-08

"I was looking at the screenshots, and it looks nice. The only thing I would ask for is a way to see what is installing. The progress bar is nice, but I would like to see what it is installing, and maybe has installed, in addition to the progress bar. I'd like a verbose mode."

The traditional sysinstall offers this option using the second VT. Personally, I like the idea of having some information about installation progress, so you can see where problems may occur. "Error during installation. Exiting." is not an option here. :-)

"Is there a way to add ports or pkgs from the installer? That would be nice."

Ports: May be problematic. These require a running build facility (make, cc, as, ld etc.), and the network up (in order to update before make).

Packages: No problem, sysinstall already does offer this ability to install additional software at install time.

"It's been mentioned, but I'll mention it again. A quick way to edit loader.conf and rc.conf would be nice, or just a way to load files onto the new OS in order to customize it."

Check out "local additions" in sysinstall. This entry allows customization. You can even create a port (and so, a package) to make modifications of these files enter your installation.

From the live system CD part of the installation CD, you can of course access /boot/loader.conf or /etc/rc.conf to edit them.

"Now that I think about it, a little profile tool would be cool. Profile a computer then have the installer read the profile and set the new system up similar."

The base tools dump and restore are your friends. :-) No, seriously, this is what sysinstall's "local additions" is for, if I remember correctly. Never used it, always did dump & restore to "profile" systems - live system CD, scripts doing partitioning / formatting, then restore from network).

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