The only real drawback I see in sysinstall is that at several stages you
cannot perceive what the previous part was and what the next step is.
There are times that you have to "exit" in order to continue.
Maybe an overall progress bar in plain text (eg Welcome - Select disk -
Select partitions - Boot loader....), highlighting the appropriate field
according to where you are, will sched some light to the naive.
Other than that, I fully support text mode, it's the only guaranteed way
to install a system and FreeBSD has done its job quite nicely there. As
for DesktopBSD and PCBSD, I can tell you at least for the PCBSD part
that it has been VERY difficult to create the installer specifically the
disk detection and the partitioning scheme.
At some times, I just wish people stop creating new things and just find
ways to beutify what is already there and working solid for years.
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