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Re: GoBSD.com

From: "Jonas Sundström" <jonas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 02:38:42 +0100 CET

Weapon of Mass Deduction <blacklist@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> So I agree with you, actually. :P

Yes, I'm sorry, my style of writing is a little fuzzy.

I'm sometimes unclear, as I'm focusing on the issue 
rather than on the arguments I'm replying to.

BTW, I must confess I'm not sure I understand everything
you write, but perhaps it goes both ways. ´:)

> I'm writing of frontends that stand on their own, just like any other
> port/programme. So this also doesn't exclude improvements on the 
> 'back-end'. But you were the one that mentioned it first, remember. 
> :P

Yeah, I was more thinking of complete redesigns, which are more likely 
to affect the interface exposed by a back end.
> Windows only has this option for (the highly-technical) unattended 
> installs. But I remind FreeBSD (5) also has an option "Automatically
> partition the [selected] disk.". So, though I never executed the 
> installer of DragonFly-BSD, I expect it is avaible in that too.

Yes, it's got similar functionality. The partitioning suggested
by the installer is pretty good. I don't know how it works, but the
values seemed pretty sensible to me.

> But though the installer might not look very modern,
> it is not more difficult to understand, right?

Not really, but a little glitz ain't wrong. 
First impressions and everything... ;)

> Except maybe the keyboard-navigation.
> But that can be handled by the ncurses-developers 
> (isn't that the tool used to visualise the installation?).

Yes, it's either ncurses or http://, which are both fine with me, 
though I think the current vertical list + "buttons" is a seriously bad 
UI and needs to go. Not because it's ncurses based, but because it's a 
bad UI. It's not clear what item has "focus" and what will happen when 
you press return.

Apart from that, I think the features of the installer are just right.

> > Anyhow, I hope not all of this is bikeshed material. :]
> LOL, bikeshed material, that's some Swedish saying right? :D
> I can't translate it, and it happens to be non-dutch also. :P

Heh.. nah.. sometimes a little Swedish something slips through
I guess, but I try not to use expressions that are unintelligible to
the larger audience.

It's a FreeBSD term that I myself learned quite recently:

BTW, Weapon.. err.. (mr Blacklist?).. your email bounces.
It's hard to send email to you privately that way.

/Jonas Sundström.                www.kirilla.com

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