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Re: FreeBSD installed

Thanks Sandip for the comprehensive description of
your experience with FreeBSD.

I am trying out the same with Debian ( from the 
Network Computing CD).Quite an experience :)

By the way how do we configure Sound in Debian?
No Sndconfig here too.Do we have to compile the
sound drivers in the Kernel or are they loadable
Which is better to use - Alsa or Esound ?

But I like debian...though RH is much easier to
install and configure - just a matter of perception
i guess...

Having some problem with using Hotmail in Mozilla 5.0
on Debian. Has that got to do with SSL and HTTPS? And
how do we configure that...? Lynx with ssl works like
a dream...


--- Sandip Bhattacharya <sandipb@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi!
> I finally managed to get FreeBSD installed on my
> system.Much thanks to
> Mr. Palani for the disk!!! Took me about
> one night to go through the whole process. Overall
> it hadn't been as
> much as a problem as I had thought it would be. And
> by the end of the
> session, I was connected to the net and browsing on
> Netscape.
> All of what is below is what /my/ conclusions were
> at the end of the
> experience.
> My present system config is like this :
>  - I have Windows 98, Linux and FreeBSD-4.2-Release
> installed on a AMD-K6II w/
>    20GB HDD and 128 MB RAM.
>  - The Partition details are:
>     a) 1st - primary partition: 5GB , windoze 98
>     b) 2nd - extended partition: 5GB , Linux
>     c) 3rd - primary partition : 5GB, FAT 32, common
> data
>     d) 4th - primary partition : 5GB, FreeBSD
>  - Video card: S3 Trio
>  - Modem: DLink 56kbps (ISP: NOW,VSNL,MTNL)
> I did one more installation at office. According to
> one of the folks
> at my office who has been struggling with Debian in
> the past one week,
> the installation was *much* easier, with the Network
> Card working
> without ANY effort.
> Connecting to net was easy too. FreeBSD has a user
> level process
> called ppp for which you have to make changes to
> just *one* file
> called /etc/ppp/ppp.conf(For script based auth). ppp
> does the rest.
> The package system is much unsettling for anybody
> used to the Linux or
> Windoze way of downloading packages and installing.
> Every package in
> FreeBSD (called "port") is sort of "registered".
> When a FreeBSD
> release is made, all the *tested* ports are made
> available. When you
> are installing, you are asked to install the ports
> collection. This is
> basically a "skeleton" of /all/ ports available at
> the time of
> release. Each skeleton is nothing more than a
> Makefile and a couple of
> package descriptors. Each skeleton has the
> capability of taking out
> the pristine sources from the cdrom or ftp site or
> http site or many
> other sources,  apply freebsd specific patches,
> compiling and installing
> them. Unlike many tar.gz , each port /has/ to take
> care
> of installation /and/ un-installation.
> For RedHat users - beware! You don't have
> Xconfigurator(only
> xf86config), no mouseconfig, no netconfig, no
> sndconfig(I haven't
> found out how to configure sound yet).
> For all installation of ports, configuration of X, X
> Window Managers
> and many other configuration , there is one program
> called
> sysinstall. In fact for the first one or two days, I
> would recommend
> having sysinstall open on one of the virtual
> terminals as long as you
> are working at the console. For those used to linux
> distribs, you
> would discover from time to time that certain
> libraries haven't been
> installed, so you would be running sysinstall again
> and again.
> FreeBSD has a boot manager called BootEasy. I
> decided to use BootEasy
> in MBR and LILO in the extended partition itself.
> What I like about
> BootEasy is that you can select any option using the
> keys F1,F2
> etc. .i.e. just one key for the other options. I
> haven't been able to
> figure out how to configure booteasy yet though.
> Somehow at the home
> installation it doesn't give an option to boot using
> Linux, while at
> the office installation it does. 
> Rest later. 
> - Sandip
> --  
> -------------------------------------
> Sandip Bhattacharya 
> sandipb @ bigfoot.com
> http://www.sandipb.net
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