Subject: Re: Ease of installation (was: Nice to see NetBSD mentioned. However...)
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From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/09/2001 13:49:40
>> 2. NetBSD. The install program doesn't look as sexy as FreeBSD, but
>> it works well, and it's fast. There's a good reason for it being
>> fast: it leaves you with a half-configured system. [Caveat: This
>> was with 1.4-RELEASE about 1=BD years ago. It could have changed
>Right, it doesn't give you an ICQ client. ;-)
and we all know how important *that* is. i think *that alone* pretty
much puts the writer of the original article in a separate class.
>Solaris 8/x86: If you make the mistake to try installing from the
> "installation" CD, you will only get one question, and that is if
> the installer may nuke your whole harddisk for getting some swap
> space. This is suboptimal when you want to run another OS on
> your harddisk. The solution is to NOT use the "installation" CD
> but start with the "software 1" CD, from which you get the X
> based installer that you also know from the sparc edition.
> Installation itself is a breeze, first asking all parameters
> (timezone, disk partitioning, options to install etc.). The only
> confusing place is that it doesn't make it clear if DNS or NIS
> information is requested in one place. After that, the installer
> runs and reboots. When the system comes up, it asks for a root
> password to be set, and installs the rest of the system from the
> second CD. After another bootup, the system comes up fine with
> a CDE login and full networking, including IPv6.
i tried solaris8/sparc from the first cd and was plainly put,
confused. so was it, apparently, since it didn't really know how to
deal with the serial console. it *expected* me to have a graphics
console (huh?!). once i tried again with the software 1 cd, as you
suggest above, i was good to go. but we're getting off topic here a
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