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My first FreeBSD install - ugh...
From: kentarokurahone Date: November 27th, 2002 01:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


FreeBSD 4.7 has XFree86 4. This means that "X -configure" works. :) As for Gnome,
I wouldn't really know but perhaps http://www.freebsd.org/gnome/ has the answers that you seek.

As for the bootloader, FreeBSD's bootloader is better than Lilo. In terms of functionality it's about equivalent to GRUB, the main thing being that it understands FFS filesystems. So there's no need to reinstall the bootloader after recompiling a kernel.....

Dunno personal preference I guess.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 27th, 2002 07:32 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Eh?

Didn't know about 'X -configure', and Google and the man pages didn't help. But that was probably me not entering the right string.

GRUB seems to handle booting FreeBSD ok. I have the box dual booting fine now, and FreeBSD is mounting the Linux file system and Linux is mounting the FreeBSD file system. (Though the latter is currently read-only. Looks like Linux might not grok FFS for writing at this time. Not critical for me, and I gave Linux a larger partion anyway, since it will be the primary platform for the box, so I can always store things there and access them from FreeBSD.

I was posting while cranky yesterday. Once I had both of them installed, getting things working under FreeBSD wasn't really any harder than Linux for me. I was able to get the ext2fs module compiled and installed intuitively. Just poking around for the right src directory.

I *use* FreeBSD every day - sidehack.gweep.net, which is where megazone.org lives, runs FreeBSD. I've just never administrated a FreeBSD box before. I have been running Linux for a long time, and I'm an RHCE (admittedly circa 6.1), so I've never really had trouble making things work on Linux. But it is what you know, I'm sure.