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Ivan Voras - "finstall" - the new FreeBSD installer
Source: BSDCan - The Technical BSD Conference
Added: 26 May 2008
Tags: bsdcan, bsdcan2008, slides, freebsd, installer, ivan voras
PDF file (1.1 Mb, 39 pages)
"finstall" - the new FreeBSD installer
A graphical installer for FreeBSD
The "finstall" project, sponsored by Google as a
Summer of Code 2007 project, is an attempt to create
a user-friendly graphical installer for FreeBSD,
with enough strong technical features to appeal to
the more professional users. A long term goal for
it is to be a replacement for sysinstall, and as
such should support almost all of the features
present in sysinstall, as well as add support for
new FreeBSD features such as GEOM, ZFS, etc. This
talk will describe the architecture of "finstall"
and focus on its lesser known features such as
"finstall" is funded by Google SoC as a possible
long-term replacement for sysinstall, as a "LiveCD"
with the whole FreeBSD base system on the CD, with
X11 and XFCE4 GUI. In the talk I intend to describe
what I did so far, and what are the future plans
for it. This includes the installer GUI, the backend
(which has the potential to become a generic FreeBSD
configuration backend) and the assorted tools
developed for finstall ("LiveCD" creation scripts).
More information on finstall can be found here: