Installation of FreeBSD 8.0-Current-2009-amd64-dvd
Mehmet Erol Sanliturk
m.e.sanliturk at gmail.com
Sat May 9 01:03:35 UTC 2009
Dear All ,
A few days ago I have downloaded and installed 8.-Current-2009-05-amd64-dvd
Intel DG965WHMKR main board with 2 GB RAM and 250 GB SATA II hard disk ,
PS/2 mouse and key board .
Installation has been completed successfully and the PC booted well .
I tried to use X but X was completely missing .
Trying to add X with pkg_add did not worked because it could not find it in
FreeBSD repositories .
I did not understand what can I do with that release sufficiently well ,
because I could not find
a ReadMe about What to Do with this snapshot ( Perhaps there is one within
installed OS but
there is no any reminder about it with respect to my knowledge ( I could not
check it now because
I have installed another OS on its hard disk . ) .
My ideas are following :
A ReadMe file set like supplied by releases would be very useful . Assume
will be drafts of the release 8.0 . People will be able to work and make
comments on them .
A ReadMe about how to use and test the snapshot and supply feedback about
( I think general bug reports are not very suitable for current
development activities ) .
Up to now I did not see any test program which can be applied by the
installers and then
send results back to FreeBSD release and current developers . Such a program
would test an overall
structure of the installed components and would sent a report to FreeBSD
current developers .
Some Linux distributions are collecting computer profile data for successful
installations , for example ,
Fedora is collecting profile information and summaries are published in
FreeBSD installations may include a similarly profile collection step .
I do not know the relationship between www.bsdstats.org and
www.freebsd.org, but a detailed
hardware profile list such as the following sample pages would be very
How to Certify hardware : http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl/hcts/
Submit Hardware to the Solaris HCL :
Some others :
http://www.networkupstools.org/compat/stable.html ( UPS )
http://hcl.xensource.com/ ( Xen Server )
A structured form in a page in FreeBSD web site to collect information about
and their hardware profiles ( because failed installation can not send any
profile mail ) .
Handbook is only showing last active releases , the others are replaced by
latest release related handbook .
For users it is no more possible to access removed handbooks .
It is possible to use a structure like following :
During current development phase it is possible also to get proposals about
current Handbook and it may be possible
to synchronize it with current OS . In that way , it becomes possible to (
NOT to revise release Handbook for the active releases ) .
Each Handbook develops in its own course .
Previous Handbooks will not be lost due to new releases .
Current Handbook will be initialized by copying a previous Handbook and
then will be modified with respect to developed current .
Thank you very much .
Mehmet Erol Sanliturk
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