I think what we're looking at here is that sysinstall should probably
be replaced... but it works well enough that it doesn't *have* to be

The virtue of sysinstall, however, is that it is console based. I for one would rather endure sysinstall's idiosyncracies, if it still means that I'm going to be able to reliably install on whatever ancient, eldritch hardware I happen to have with me at the time.

If someone wants to write something X based, with hardware detection a la Ubuntu, and all the proverbial bells and whistles and flashing lights, then by all means; (and I think they already have, with finstall) but I think FreeBSD absolutely needs to keep a console-based installer as a fallback for old hardware.
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