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: better disk preparation
by Doc Pain on Sun 2nd Sep 2007 14:59 UTC in reply to "better disk preparation"
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"I think that any and all installers need better and more clear disk preparation ("partitioning") utility. It should emphasize the difference between slices and partitions."

I completely agree here. While PC-BSD and DesktopBSD (if I remember correctly) stuff everything into one partition (which may lead to problems if inconsistencies and disk errors start occuring), FreeBSD's sysinstall has an "auto" setting that does a ood job, but you still have to know what you're doing. I agree that having everything in / can be quite comfortable (don't need to plan / know about disk capacity occupation tendencies) and surely is okay for users who just want to try and delete, but for professional users who know about the advantages of proper partitioning this won't be a solution. Maybe some defaults (all in /, partitions autoconfigured, partitions entered manually) could be a way to go?

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