PC-BSD Installer Makes Top 6 Linux/BSD Graphical Installers

PC-BSD’s installer made the top 6 list of open source graphical installers. It is interesting to compare screenshots of the various installers.

Here is what the article had to say about the PC-BSD installer:

SysInstaller, or PC-SysInstaller, is the installation program of PC-BSD, a FreeBSD distribution with KDE as the main desktop environment. It offers more configuration options in less steps than other installation programs in this article. It is, in a sense, what DI (the Debian Installer) is not.

Pros: Support for GPT. Like DI, it offers options to install Desktop Environments other than KDE.

Cons: Lacks support for boot loader password-protection. Shown in this screenshot is the desktop configuration step, where you can choose what Desktop Environment to install. The default is KDE4.

And this is the disk configuration step. Advanced disk setup does not get any simpler than this. Note that this screenshot was taken from a release candidate of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.

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Written by dru. Posted in 9.0

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Comments (4)

  • anon
    November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    Is there a reason why there is no boot-loader password protection? Is that something that would be considered for future releases?

    • November 22, 2011 at 10:28 am |

      I may add support for it in the future, but one thing to remember is that it really doesn’t protect anything. You can always bypass the loader and read the disk, or disable / enable the password at will. If you really want protection, you should enable the “encrypt disk” option during installation, which will protect your system from being read / modified without a password.

      FYI, you can manually enable it if you like.

      • anon
        November 22, 2011 at 10:38 am |

        Thanks for the extensive info. I guess if these such password protection is so easily by-passed it makes little sense to have it.

        I also thought the article was a bit weird in describing the fact that PCBSD has KDE4 as a default DE as a con.

  • kirit
    November 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

    simplify simplify simplify if you can make pcbsd easy to install fast boot and shutdown and uncluttered,secure and simple to use and cool looking you got a winner.If you look at Mint 12 you can see why its at the top in distrowatch.I love what you are doing keep up the good work! Make it simple for newbies and powerful for advanced users and you got a winner!

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