December 31, 2007
December 17, 2007
I’ve got several queries on finstall development, so here’s a few words on the subject. The development has moved to SourceForge.net. The move was made to enable users that don’t have FreeBSD.Org accounts to participate in development. The source code repositories are world-readable. If you’re interested, contact me and I’ll add you to the project as a developer.
One part of the project that will be interesting to many people is the LiveCD ISO-building script, makeimage.py. There’s currently no documentation on it, but its command-line argument are well explained. This script could be useful to people wanting to create their own LiveCD.
December 10, 2007
I’ve created a new livecd+finstall ISO image containing FreeBSD 7.0-BETA4. This release of finstall fixes most of the bugs present in earlier versions, and introduces only one new feature: file systems are created on glabel devices. You can fetch the alpha2 version of finstall here. It was good to get back to this project, even in the limited time i have for it.
It looks like I can now create a realistic schedule for 7.0-RELEASE. It will probably contain the following new features (i.e. in addition to those already in alpha2):
* Installing on already partitioned drives
* Some kind of rudimentary remote install.
Yes, this means that software RAID and volume management support will not get in there for this release, but there really wasn’t time as I spent most of the time (during and post SoC) chasing bugs in the kernel (and, as it turns out, the compiler). I hope I’ll have support for sw RAID and VM for 7.1-RELEASE.
I’d appreciate bug reports, and also help from interested developers. One field when it definitely needs work are text strings: language proofing, help texts, etc. I18n is not yet supported – only English is used now.
In case you missed it, here’s what’s new in FreeBSD 7.0.