Newton wrote:

Dear Friends : I'm a Linux user since 1,999 and I'm really interested in start FreeBSD. OK, it's a new system, different versions and so on. My experience with computers started with Basic, after MS-DOS, Windows and Linux. When I tried Linux, 5 years-ago, partitions, kde, window maker and many of them, were only words. My first fear, was erase my HD. I did it many times, but I knew how to start again or recover. I'm writing these things, cause in these years using Linux, I saw a big evolution , specially the installer. Mandrake, Red Hat, Fedora, Slackware and another, made a goob job and you can do it , almost without problems. But, when I tried FreeBSD installer, I remembered Debian, the worst installer ! Probably another distributions, like Knoppix, Kurumin , Gnoppix to name a few, trying to make the life user easiest ! My first experience with FreeBSD, was 5.0, with a PC Master, brazilian magazine. After many tries, a XFree86 error, when I typed startx, disappointed me again and, I forgot it... On the last month, I downloaded the 2 CDs, 5.2.1, and, the same installer, errors, infinite loops... very disappointing ! I tried many lists, and with some support,to resolve or not, the problems. Again, I format my system and, here I am, with Windows (mainly for games and a problematic usb scanner) and Linux. I need a more stable system. Many people talked me very good about FreeBSD. For me, until now , the biggest deception ! Please, I don't know the FreeBSD objectives, but if you would like that more and more people can use it, CHANGE this installer. Confuse , in one word ! Disappointing ! I tried standard, express, custom , all packages, minimum, all kind of ways... I can't understand a looped install. Almost 2 hours after, an error... My video card is recognized , but when you did post-install, not ! You tried many XFrre86 configs and not.... When something happens and finally you can start KDE or GNOME or another, DHCP don't run and so on. Please change this installer and trying to better hardware and network configuration ! Until this, I'll never tried FreeBSD again ! Sincerely, Newton - Curitiba - Brazil

I'm sure its just the language barrier, but try to use your return key sometime :)
and yes, sysinstall isnt very good, it could be vast improved upon. Not that freebsd should have an installer like Fedora, SuSE, etc.., but theres definately room for improvement.

-Frank Laszlo

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