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.