I installed FreeBSD for the first time in a long time today. I had to install it twice. That sounds really bad, but it was for a surprising reason.
The install was pretty simple from the DVD; it kept asking me questions, and I answered them quickly, and after about 5 minutes, the entire process was complete. Because the process was so fast, that I thought I had done something wrong (perhaps I had been bit by the cluky ANSI installation interface), so I installed again. But again, it was a quick process and only took 5 minutes and then it returned to the main install screen. Puzzling.
After a minute of thinking, I decided to try to boot. And it worked!
So the entire from-scratch install process only took 5 minutes! I certainly didnâ€™t expect any sluggish Microsoft-like install times, but 5 minutes was amazing. I guess they needed a bigger â€œIâ€™m doneâ€ screen so that idiots like me wonâ€™t have to install twice.