Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:

complaints are not accompanied by solutions. The installer has been
a bikeshed for many years; everyone seems to know what color it
should be, how many windows it should have, how many doors to
install, what type of lighting it needs, how many penguins should
be accommodated in the rafters, and what relative orientation it
should have to the earth's magnetic field; yet the most vocal of
these people naturally have no contributions to make towards the
installer's actual codebase.

I think the only change needed for the time being (immediate fix) is
to move to DVD being the prefered medium (the rest can wait)
This is *not* a fix for most FreeBSD users; rather it would be a retrograde step. If you have a decent enough internet connection to download a DVD, then you will use less bandwidth by downloading CD 1 and installing all your software from packages or ports.

If you install more than a week after the medium was created, then you'll also get up-to-date versions of that software rather that whatever version happened to be current when the CD was made (or the port freeze went into effect).

DVDs might be the norm for Linux distributions like Fedora where the versions of all the software you get are defined by the particular release, but with FreeBSD and ports/packages that has never been the case.

For users with poor internet, then yes, I can see the advantage of a DVD over 4 CDs, but is that a majority requiring an immediate fix and a change of preferred medium? I think not.

Me, even with several reasonably fancy PCs, have no DVD burning capability whatsoever, and I doubt I'm alone in that.


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