On 22/07/06, sammy sumer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
To Whom It May Concern:
1. Reinvent the installer and interface.
Fundamental thing like system installer is still phenomenally arcane. There is no excuse for FreeBSD developers not to upgrade the system installer and why not using disk imaging technology like Norton ghost or Acronis TrueImageinstead of the traditional installation.
One thing I would say is that FreeBSD installs a complete operating system far faster than any other OS out there. This does matter to some people, though not everyone. A few years ago I was new to FreeBSD (and UNIX/Linux in general) and I went through the installation. The only thing that caught me out was adding a user (me) but not putting myself in the wheel group. After the installation completed I removed the monitor and plugged it back into my usual desktop machine. I could SSH in but not su. It really was the only thing that caught me out. 2. Integrate a PHP shell into the core of the system.
PHP is by far the most popular computing language in the world. Why not have a shell called PHP shell. So lots of web developers out there can easily create shell scripts in PHP syntax to automate and run programs on FreeBSD. Who wants to learn bash or sh scripting? They are by far the least popular and ugly programming language in the world. It is astounding that FreeBSD developers have not clued in to the fact that millions of backend webmasters could easily migrate and adopt FreeBSD as their O.S of their choice because of PHP
Would that be PHP and all its associated modules from the base install? That's big, and for many people unnecessary. Why would I need it for my (10) mail servers. It wouldn't serve any purpose. Also PHP "syntax" is not consistent. Take a look here: http://tnx.nl/php. sh scripting is a low level "standard" across other Unices. The only thing I wish I had learned so much sooner was "set autolist" in my .cshrc. I didn't know it was there, and I have no idea why it is not in the default dot.cshrc file. No doubt good reasons, but I "got by" for months before I found this out. All that time I was going "bash can do it, why can't csh?" Sammy Sumer
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