9-beta1 installer - partition editor

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Sep 13 07:01:41 UTC 2011

In message <4e6f26d1.GZdzm/ZHXJjqFow1%perryh at pluto.rain.com>, perryh at pluto.rain
.com writes:
>Freddie Cash <fjwcash at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Unix partitioning has always been this way:
>>   - create partition on disk for OS
>>   - create sub-partitions for filesystems

No, it has not.

In fact, it is only on PC like hardware that you can reliably share
a disk between different mutually competitive operating systems.

Most "unix-machines" don't have a concept of what you call partitions,
and neither did BSD unix until 386BSD introduced it.

Until then: One OS, one disk(-pack|-drive).

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