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6Jul/04Off

Some More Grist To Mill –background

If you've ever been curious about the mystical world of OpenBSD (as I most certainly have) then there's an article/review over at Distrowatch that you should really check out because it's one of the most detailed and well thought out reviews that I've ever read and actually sheds a lot of light on the thinking behind OpenBSD and the reasoning behind deploying it. The nutshell explanations about the differences in partitioning basics and other seemingly arbitrary differences between the *nix and Linux sides of the fence that sometimes make for a frustratingly familiar environment that isn't exactly arranged the way you might expect.

This isn't exactly hand holding but it does give you a pretty honest and sometimes funny picture of what the installation process is like. This is a fantastic example (although I'm sure it's also mentioned in a FAQ too):

There are two utilities available for configuring X, xf86cfg (which is a graphical configuration utility) and xf86config (text-mode) - most people prefer xf86cfg, but the choice is yours. Most graphics cards are supported, and if the configuration goes smoothly you should be able to start X Windows with the command "startx". Well, actually it won't start because by default /usr/X11R6/bin is not in the path (edit hidden file .profile in the directory of all users who need to run X, log out, log back in, and "startx" should work).

If you want to make the addition of /usr/X11R6/bin to the path automatic for all new users created in the future, edit also hidden file ".profile" in /etc/skel.

it just isn't something that you'd necessarily think about if you're coming from a strictly Linux distribution background for installations. It's definitely giving me urges to give one of the BSDs another shot on a spare work machine.

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