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osOpinion: Dancing with the Devil: FreeBSD 4.1

Oct 11, 2000, 06:49 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim White)

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"The install of FreeBSD 4.1 is the same as it ever was. I actually quite like the install program. Any one with a little knowledge of PC hardware should have no problem installing FreeBSD. One aspect of FreeBSD 4.1, which really impressed me, was the support for the Highpoint HPT366 Ultra 66 controller I have built into my BP-6 mainboard. Not only did FreeBSD recognize this device with no problems, it allowed me to install and boot from it. Kudos to the FreeBSD team for taming this nasty device."

"After I got everything installed, I discovered that the default kernel did not have SMP support. I set out to remedy this situation and compile a new kernel. The kernel configuration was easy enough. I simply had to edit a text configuration file and then run a couple of commands to compile and install the kernel. Of course, the fist time I tried to compile the kernel, I was met with a series of errors. After taking another look at the configuration file and fixing a few mistakes, the kernel compiled successfully. I crossed my fingers, rebooted, and was excited to find a fully functional SMP kernel. Woohoo!"

"At this point I went about the arduous task of configuring a window manager. I tried Window Maker, Gnome, and KDE. Each had its merits, but I find that none of them really gets the job done well. Alas, the problems with Unix had started to surface."

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