ivoras’ FreeBSD blog

December 10, 2007

finstall alpha2

Filed under: FreeBSD — ivoras @ 11:18 am

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.


  1. […] le mani su FreeBSD 7 senza installare nulla sul proprio hard disk. Ivan Voras ha infatti sfornato una nuova LiveCD (qui trovate il post sul primo rilascio) che consente di provare la beta 4 da poco rilasciata dal […]

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  2. […] The ISO can be downloaded here and more information can be found here. […]

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  3. Hi Ivan!

    Will it be available among other FreeBSD release images? Will it go into standard release procedure?


    Comment by Dennis — December 15, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

  4. The idea is for it to be available via standard FreeBSD mirrors; I don’t have the capacity to host it myself.

    Comment by ivoras — December 15, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  5. I have noticed a small error in the text displayed prior to logging into the liveCD finstall alpha2. The text mentions there is an XFCE 4.2 environment. This is clearly incorrect – it loads a XFCE 4.4 environment when you log in as install.

    Comment by Ben Woods — December 19, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

  6. Hello Ivan,

    Any news on progress? Can we have a look at Alpha3 or is it going to be Beta1 ;-)

    Comment by FreeBSD - the unknown Giant — January 9, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  7. […] The ISO can be downloaded here and more information can be found here. […]

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