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Re: Questions bfore installing amd64

Hmmm I was a www.linuxfromscratch.org user in 2003 and also built
custom single cd fedora core 3 distro's a while back. I've also been
tinkering with freebsd since ver 2.x. I had a problem with the fbsd
boot loader after attempting installation 5 times on my new system -
it would bomb, and the fbsd team refused to entertain my bug report
citing lack of information. What information can I provide when my
system doesn't even boot to stage 1.5?  Anyways I tried netbsd and
instantly like the fact that I could put my interface netif
configuration like IP/mask in a separate file - so elegant and common
sense, unlike the freebsd rc.conf crap with its odd syntax...

Anyhow I am sold to the tight cohesive development model of BSD to
contrast with the schizophrenic approach under linux - each release
breaks something new because the linux developers live in compartments
and dependencies are forgotten.

However I no longer want to tinker with systems just because I can.
hence I am unwilling to invest the time I once happily would - being
busy for the sake of being busy,  to customize and fine-tune a system
to death. :)

Hence If your opinion is that One cannot get a multimedia desktop
capable of HD video working within 6 hours of an install attempt I
would rather stick to Ubuntu.

Thanks very much for responding.


On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 5:57 PM, John Nemeth <jnemeth%victoria.tc.ca@localhost> 
> On Feb 26, 12:45am, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> } On Mon, 10 Nov 2008, John Nemeth wrote:
> } >     You pretty much need to use sysinst to do an uprade.  You then
> } > need to hope that compat32 works, otherwise all your packages will
> } > break.  When I did this a couple of years ago, compat32 didn't work.
> } > There may also be other gotchas.  I did this a couple of years ago and
> } > don't recall all the details now.  I will point out that this is not
> } > for the faint of heart and unless you're an extremely capable sysadmin
> } > you shouldn't be doing this on a production system.
> }
> } So it's basically "backup, install from scratch, restore" - sounds a lot
> } more sane to me, indeed.
>     Depends on your skill level.  I have over 15 years experience
> doing sysadmin on production systems and understand operating systems.
> I did an inplace upgrade and it was quite successful (not counting
> having to immediately rebuild every package due to compat32 being
> busted).  But if you're not a highly experienced sysadmin then yes,
> install from scratch, is probably a better option.
> }-- End of excerpt from Hubert Feyrer

Kind  Regards
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