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Serenak

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Icon 5 posted October 29, 2004 17:42      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am a heavy duty and long time Mac user looking for "serious" helpers in setting up a FreeBSD/KDE box on old x86 hardware.

After a lot of "faffing about" I got it up and running from the distro CD - although my attempts to get it to play nice and run dual boot with the existing Win98 failed (I have 2 HD and tried to follow the install advice but ended up wiping all the drives and doing a "simple" install of FreeBsd/KDE)

I know Mac and have moderate experience of Wintel environments but admit my *nix knowledge extends to "sbin/fsck -f y" etc.

This is a purely learning/interested to see project so please bear in mind I am a graphics for print professional and not a code hacker/uni trained programmer

Gonna have to install Win2K+ anyhow to update my Dad's "Road Angel"..... (He has an iBook, Road Angel is Windows only - NB my Dad is 70...)

Thanks geeks

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Icon 1 posted October 30, 2004 22:46      Profile for Mr Bill     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just a couple thinks off the top of my head:

1] Always load windows first, then your Linux. The installer can deal with windows being on the drive, but windows is not smart enough to deal with Linux.

2] Depending on how old the version of the bootloader is, it may not be able to boot off the second harddrive. You may need to have the boot partition on the primary drive.


disclaimer: I've used mainly Red Hat and Mandrake, and I don't know how FreeBSD differs from these.

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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted November 01, 2004 06:26      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for that although already aware of both those points...

I've got the FreeBSD/KDE running but I want to upgrade the KDE to the later version I have on CD...

As a total newbie I have no idea where to start. I can't even see how to access the installer cd (I'm probably being very dim here...)

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Icon 1 posted November 02, 2004 06:23      Profile for supaboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Once you've got a base load of FreeBSD, you don't really need the installer CD anymore. FreeBSD has an incredible Ports and Packages collection online. I haven't booted my FreeBSD box in a while (it's a 486/66 with 32MB of RAM, so it's quite possible to run FreeBSD on a minimal configuration), but I think the command is /stand/sysinstall to get to the installer program. Tell it to use one of the online mirrors, and you will be able to get new stuff.

The FreeBSD Handbook is your bible for learning about FreeBSD. You may want to learn how to "cvsup" to synchronize your source code with the current versions of things, and then "make world" will compile it all for you. It's all in the Handbook.

I make my living administering Windows boxes, so I was dubious about the make world process being able to complete. My 486 ground away at compiling the code for two days. And you know what? It worked. The whole thing, heh.

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