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  •  I can install... (2+ / 0-)
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    rogun, fareast

    FreeBSD on an old Dell laptop and have a GUI working in about 2 hrs, counting download time. Probably quicker if I have CDs in hand, since I typically install over the Internet. A total of about 45 minutes actual work, including installing and configuring X and fvwm2 instead of Gnome.

    I've been using FreeBSD since about '97. It used to be a true chore just to install the OS, nevermind X. It's gotten much better over the years. Both the BSD group and xorg group have done a lot of great work in making it easier.

    I seldom compile from source unless there's problem with a package.

    I had not run a BSD desktop for 3 or 4 years but needed one for work. I was very surprised at how easy it was to get 6.2 up and running. I was a bit rusty and did have to consult the excellent Handbook a few times. All in all it was a painless experience. Sorry you have/had such trouble with it.

    I always have a couple of BSD servers around running Samba and other network services. I usually find it easier to work on a Unixized Windows desktop.

    I'm interested in trying one of these Desktop versions.

    Interesting point, though -- Neither Unbuntu nor Gentoo would load on this particular laptop. FreeBSD loaded without a hitch.

    •  thanks for the story! (1+ / 0-)
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      rogun

      Interesting that you could get it going so fast. The walkthrough I read said that you needed to compile the window manager from source, my bad--I'm a total and complete newb when it comes to FreeBSD.
      I was able to get as far as installing everything up to X, and as you said, through the internet. PC-BSD is the way to go, especially once they release 1.4 (with the FreeBSD 6.2 undercarriage) sometime this summer; great for being able to use the full power, simplicity and flexibility of a full-fledged FreeBSD, but a bunch of packages easily installed for stuff that you might otherwise might not want to compile from source.
      Cheers!

      Don't fear the Tux. Use Ubuntu

      by fareast on Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 09:34:51 AM PDT

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