On 2020-01-16 04:57:28 (+1000), Oliver Pinter wrote:
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Ben Woods <woods...@freebsd.org> wrote:
Author: woodsb02 (ports committer)
Date: Wed Jan 15 07:47:52 2020
New Revision: 356758
URL: https://svnweb.freebsd.org/changeset/base/356758

  bsdinstall: Change "default" (first) Partitioning method to ZFS

  Reported by:  Ruben Schade (during his talk at linux.conf.au)
  Approved by:  philip
  Differential Revision:        https://reviews.freebsd.org/D23173

What's the justification behind this change?

This came up during the Q&A after my ZFS talk at Linux.conf.au earlier this week. Someone pointed out that if you install FreeBSD without engaging your brain and "just press enter a few times", you'll get a UFS system. In the vast majority of cases where you install FreeBSD like that, you really actually want a ZFS system.

As Ed wrote elsewhere in this thread, the installer "defaults" should be what most people actually want.

Note that Ben's patch doesn't actually make it any more difficult to get a UFS system if anyone wants that. The only thing it does is move ZFS to the top of the list of options so "enter enter enter" gets you a ZFS system instead of a UFS system.

Plus I miss from here the relontes tag.

I'm not sure if this merits a release notes entry but ... sure.

There is not actually a functional change here. It's just a defaults change.


Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Alternative Enterprises
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