I currently have 2 CD-ROMs (which came with Complete Guide to FreeBSD)
which are 2.2.1 CDs. My question is: now that I'm finally getting
around to installing FreeBSD on my system, should I install 2.2.1 and
then upgrade to 2.2.5 or just buy new 2.2.5 CDs and start fresh? Keep
in mind that I'm really new to installing a UNIX system. I've been
using them for some time (just shell usage), but installing and
administrating will be a hobby for me, so although I have time to devote
to learning, I'm starting on level 1. I read a CNET article a week or
so back about a rave RedHat 5.0 review... but I dont' want to start a
linux vs. freebsd debate. I have decided to go with FreeBSD and stick
Secondly, why is 2.2.1 so infrequently mentioned. I always see 2.2.2
and 2.2.5 - no 2.2.1....
What would be the typical installation for a novice to get a nice system
up and running if he doesn't want to spend money on anything but the
original FreeBSD CDs?
I must admit that I've been using NT for a while. I'm running Netscape
4.04. 4.04 is out for freebsd, too - but how does it work? any
problems? easy to install?
if somebody could, could you please go over what it basically takes to
install software (like netscape for example) in Unix. Windoze has
installations down to typing setup.exe for everything, but is that the
case with FreeBSD?
Does FreeBSD have a RPM type package?
I know some people may not feel inclined to reply to this post. It
appears that I'm a real windoze person trying to do the 'kool' thing and
switch to FreeBSD - far from teh case. I'm just tired of windoze and
want a challenge (that i can handle) and something that will be very
I connect to the internet through ISP which uses PAP logins, I believe.
Anybody have some good resources for learning how to setup PPP and
Dial-Up net accounts which you personally have tried and work....
Network Neighborhood has long been a mystery to me. From college, we
can go through the network neighborhood and see other people's public
directories... how will this work in freebsd - will their directories
and systems (primarily win95) still be visible to me.
Finally, my setup is:
64MB EDO RAM
Matrox Millennium 4MB PCI
16x mitsumi cdrom
Intel PD440FX motherboard
Yamaha OPL3-SA3 sound card (built in motherboard), 16bit
No scsi devices or card on system...yet
The reason why I am posting this is that I had installed 2.2.1 earlier
this year, but after runnign the XF86config program I couldn't
successfully launch xwin by startx or anything. I thought this woudl be
no problem considering the hardware is definitely good quality (isn't
it?) but instead a lot of text scrolled by and said basically "could not
find available video mode" or something like that. I can't exact
remember, but I tried setting it up as simple as standard VGA, and still
to no avial. Any ideas what the problem might have been? I'll be
installing 2.2.1/2.2.5 (depending on the response to this email) and the
will be able to troubleshoot with this newsgroup.
Also, let me know if I should break up posts, or keep them like this...
would help to know if i'm presenting myself the right way....
Thanks so much,