Let me preface this by saying that I do not have coding
knowledge/experience, but I am willing to donate my time to help test
things if somebody is already working on this. Hopefully, this will
prevent most of the potential "feel free to submit patches" responses
Is there any work going on to make sysinstall recognize and abe able
to create and work with GJOURNAL and ZFS? In the days of 1,5-2,0
terabyte harddrives, UFS2 + SoftUpdates simply doesn't cut it anymore,
but since this is the only thing you can do from within sysinstall, it
is what the vast majority of people giving FreeBSD a try are going to
end up with. If you tell a Windows or a Linux user that having a
sudden power loss or having to pull the plug on a locked system can
result in an unbootable FreeBSD system, a very large portion of them
is going to run away screaming, never giving FreeBSD a second look.
And yes, I know that the same things can theoretically render Windows
or Linux unbootable, but let's be honest here, it is a LOT more likely
to happen to an UFS2 + SoftUpdates system than NTFS or EXT3/EXT4.
This calls for more robust default options/settings to be presented by
the sysinstall to the new user. GJOURNAL and ZFS present themselves as
the most sensible options in this case.
- Dan Naumov