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 what the
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 mom/grandparents/etc. :-)

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 another.

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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