The finstall project
Welcome to the home page of the finstall project, accepted for Google's Summer of Code 2007. This project aims to create a user-friendly graphical installer for FreeBSD & FreeBSD-derived systems. The project should yield something usable for, but the intention is to keep it as a "second" installer system, alongside sysinstall at least for a while. In any case, sysinstall will be kept for architectures not supported by finstall (e.g. all except i386 and amd64).
Read about Currently proposed architecture for finstall. updated
Currently forseeable milestones / deliverables are:
First step: Build the toolkit (front-end, back-end), do partitioning and simple install capability
- Second step: Live boot CD with rudimentary install (copy) of the system to newly partitioned storage
- Third step: More advanced configuration of the new system
Current status of this project is: Third step (Live boot CD is working!).
Look for up-to-date news on this project here.
2007-11-10 : Created a SourceForge.Net project for finstall so people without FreeBSD accounts can join: http://sourceforge.net/projects/finstall
- 2007-11-03 : A LiveCD with BETA2 or later will not be created until the unionfs bug is fixed
2007-08-20 : The installer successfully installs a basic "Amnesiac" FreeBSD system on an empty drive! See screenshots at finstall/Amnesiac
- 2007-08-05 : I'm on vacation, will be back in a couple of weeks
2007-06-16 : things are progessing nicely. I've uploaded a new screenshot at finstall/FirstStep.