Installtion observations for FreeBSD 6.1
This is the summary of my installtion observations for FreeBSD 6.1 on my PC (desktop).
PC Specs (for turing):
1. Motherboard: Intel 845GVSR
2. Processor: PIV 2.4 GHz, Cache 1024K
3. Memory: 512 MB (266 Mz DDR1)
4. Hard Disk: 38 GB Segate ATA.
5. No external sound cards and Graphix cards.
6. Monitor: LG 500G (15 inch CRT Display)
7. Keyboard: Generic 104 Key from Logitech (Y-SM48)
8. Mouse: Samsung PS/2, SM0P5000WX (Optical).
1. Made a primary partition on the master and the only hard disk of 14.48 GB as UFS, remaining for gentoo (ext3fs)
2. Chose the standard installtion (there is not much difference between custom installtion though).
3. After stage1 it asks to configure network, I did so. (Device fxp0 (eth0 of Linux) )
4. Asks to add more packages, I chose all available.
5. The installtion took about 45 minutes in all.
6. It also asks to add users and groups, I did that too, added myself to wheel, created a group shutdown to use sudo later and added myself to it.
1. For some time I could not get X working. The problem it gave was that it could not locate some devices. I found that the mouse location was not correct. I had given it as /dev/psm0 but it should be /dev/sysmouse.
2. For others using my config, run xorgconfig as root.
a. Choose mouse as ps/2
b. Do not emulate 3 buttons.
c. Device: /dev/sysmouse
d. Keyboard: Generic 104 key, layout en_us
e. Graphics card: i810
f. Buffer memory (none but choose smallest available 256K).
g. Choose a good resoultion. I chose 24 bit 1024x768.
3. Attempt to startx.
4. KDE and GNOME came preinstalled. I added exec startkde in my .xinitrc and got KDE 3.5 working.
5. Matlab installation fails (OS not recognized is the error it gives, help is welcome)
6. Octave runs fine.
7. xmms also does. (See FreeBSD handbook on getting sound card working). Plays mp3 also.
8. Mouse makes discreet movements and could not correct it. (Help!!!)
Remarks: Very stable, made it compile three source codes simulatenoulsy and xmms played without any interruption and xterm opens instantly even then (using GUI). (My standard crash test!!!). Port system quite good, have gentoo on dual-boot so no problems with learning how to use it. Better than Solaris (which was also quite stable).
Software Availability: Better than Solaris, same as Gentoo. That means good and good.
Plans: Currently compiling window maker and will uninstall KDE then ;)
More notes will be up on my site by the time my exams get over. I install new distros only during my exams because otherwise I am busy in assignments (no pun).
Tweaked OS for mission critical systems
The comments u r making are well understood and accepted too. Now before this turn into a distro-war I would like to say that I am not a gentoo fanboy or whatever..... I just said that gentoo is performing better (that is of course on my box, the specs of which are given in the starting post). I also said that I acknowledge the stability of BSD but gentoo is also stable reason being --my box is not a mission critical system (Such systems exist on my university mainframes where Solaris is rocking and gentoo would surely not...).
One should keep it in mind that these OS are tweaked in order to give superior performance on such systems ....hence on your box u would probably not get the same performance. (u can even endup getting worse).
e.g., BSD has a better memory management but it will eat ur CPU for that. Hence the best results are achieved by getting more CPU and run an OS like BSD on it (cos like Yahoo do it)
Finally:- watching code compile for days has made me smarter. U can try it too ;)