1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0

BSD

Published on 08 September 2011 07:09 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
3 Comments

FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 2 was officially released yesterday, about one month's late, but it comes with several new features. One of the new features to FreeBSD 9.0 is a new installer (pc-sysinstall) for this BSD operating system, which the developers have requested that it be put through its paces.

The new system installer is described as a modern installer for FreeBSD that's able to take advantage of its more modern features. The pc-sysinstall installer, which is a complete replacement to its earlier installer, is written 100% in shell.

This new FreeBSD 9.0 installer has back-end support for ZFS file-systems (with support for RAIDZ, Mirror/Multiple Device Pool setup), GELI-based encryption, auto-labeling of file-systems using glabel, big disk support using GPT/EFI, and full installation logging.

This new installer has been in the works for a while, but has already been used a bit within the PC-BSD variant. FreeBSD 9.0 is using the text-based back-end rather than an X11 variant.

The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0


Sadly, this new FreeBSD installer still isn't quite as usable as the text-based Debian installer or Red Hat's Anaconda. At least pc-sysinstall is a functional improvement over the earlier sysinstall.

The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0


Besides the new inseraller, other FreeBSD 9.0 enhancements is an updated version of the ZFS file-system, USB 3.0 support, new device drivers, and further work on building under Clang/LLVM. Due to development delays, the final release of FreeBSD 9.0 is still at least another month out.

The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0 The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0


For those Linux desktop users that may want to toy around with FreeBSD but are looking for a GUI-based installer and a desktop environment provided by default with easy package management, try out PC-BSD.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  2. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  3. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  4. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Broadwell Preview
  6. How Open-Source Allowed Valve To Implement VULKAN Much Faster On The Source 2 Engine
Latest Linux News
  1. EXT4 In Linux 4.1 Adds File-System Level Encryption
  2. Open-Source Ardour 4.0 Audio Software Has Big Improvements
  3. Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days
  4. GCC 5.1 RC2 Arrives, GCC 5.1 Planned For Next Week
  5. F2FS For Linux 4.1 Has New Features & Fixes
  6. Phoronix Server Upgrade This Weekend: Dual Haswell Xeons, 96GB DDR4
  7. Google's Experimental QUIC Transport Protocol Is Showing Promise
  8. Red Hat Joins Khronos, The Group Behind OpenGL & Vulkan
  9. NetworkManager Drops WiMAX Support
  10. Wine 1.7.41 Works More On Kernel Job Objects, MSI Patches
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"
  2. Linux 4.0 Kernel Released
  3. Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
  4. Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes
  5. Encryption Support For EXT4
  6. VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 Released
  7. Mozilla Start Drafting Plans To Deprecate Insecure HTTP
  8. KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel