On Sep 11, 2006, at 12:15 PM, Jeff Rollin wrote:
Discussions like these leave me lost for words...
Perhaps, although it seems you recovered quickly. :-)
Which is to say, apart from the occasional bug I really don't see
problem is with sysinstall.
Credits: It's highly functional. It can configure a lot of things
about a FreeBSD system, either during or after the installation of
the system. It's CLI/remote-serial-console friendly.
Debits: It's oriented towards technical people. People who don't
understand computers well in general, and the details of disk layouts
in particular, tend to get hopelessly confused. Not only do they
usually not know how to access the help inside sysinstall, many times
the help text is not available, or is not comprehensible unless you
have the already-mentioned technical background.
Fortunately, the outstanding docs available for FreeBSD do a lot to
walk people through the process, even novices. Unfortunately, people
want to use computers without having to read the docs. Just ask your
To me it's the best thing this side of YaST for
getting (certain areas of) system administration done. (Yeah, I
know a lot
of you probably hate YaST in particular or Linux in general...
Why would you think that? I'd imagine that most of the people using
FreeBSD end up having a Linux box or two around for one reason or
As for YaST, well, whatever gets the job done. It reminds me a bit
too much of SMIT from AIX, or perhaps cPanel or Webmin, but other
people seem to prefer such interfaces to a CLI prompt.
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