Subject: Random Review
To: Current NetBSD users <email@example.com>
From: Grey Wolf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/17/1999 09:03:45
Okay, so I've been a BSD bigot for years. No surprise there. I figure,
"Gee, maybe I should try something else, just to see how it is. I have
some pretty fast hardware at work (Ultra1, PIII/450)."
WARNING: CONTAINS REFERENCES TO LINUX BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE GRAND
I picked Slackware 7 Linux as an alternate install on the P3, since I
have some ethical issues with RedHate^H. I have yet to try Debian, but
that's another (*(*can_of_worms)[N])();...
Slack 7 is okay as far as installs go; it won't let you go install a
LILO until you go through all the configuration steps of filesystems,
network cards, etc.
And then the sucker doesn't want to run X for me. Maybe it's something
I'm fatfingering somewhere, but I figure I oughtta recompile the kernel.
...I'm still waiting. My NetBSD kernel compiled faster than this.
And oh, yeah, regarding LILO. Slack won't boot without it, at least
not that I can tell. And what's this thing about requiring DOS
partitions to use as filesystem partitions?
Linux partitioning requirements are completely brain-dead. At
least BSD can use its standard scheme, even if that only
effectively leaves me four other partitions (some of which I
might have to use to reference existing DOS partitions).
[What's the chance of us migrating, at least temporarily, to
a 16-partition scheme, or did I just call open_CoW() again?]
Thanks to the information provided me on IRC, I was able to
set up my machine to boot BSD from my (work-required) NT boot
menu. I can't do this with Linux -- I have to use a boot floopy.
I like the menu-based configurator of Slack -- that's actually
kinda cool (and I'm considering constructing such a beast for
NetBSD). But the build was significantly slower for Linux than
for NetBSD. Same compiler...
Bottom line: BSD just screams on my hardware, and all I had to do was
make sure my bootloader worked!
"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards
-- it makes them soggy and hard to light." -- unknown