willietheturtle at linuxmail.org
Sun Jan 9 00:53:47 PST 2005
I have spent at least two weeks of my free time downloading 5.3 and trying to get it to work. After figuring out
how to get an ISO image, windows couldn't do it because netscape insisted on modifying the file, I loaded it and
got a lot of error code 1 messages that I never did figure out. I changed the partitioning and allowed 1/2 a gig
for the root directory and loaded it again.
All seemed to go well untill I tryed to configure the X.org windowing system. Nothing in /stand/sysinstall would
do any configuration of X. Went to the net and got instructions. Finally got X to work and found vidtune.
Kdm comes up with a log in screen which just leads to another log in screen. ctrl-alt-backspace won't turn x off
as it keeps comming back on it's own. Nothing leads to a window manager other than the little one that comes with
I re-downloaded the window managers from the net and hoped that would fix it. It didn't. I'm sure that the trouble
is in some little config file somewhere or another but I just don't have the time as I need a running system
My opinion is that x.org isn't integrated quite well enough yet for prime time. My BSD books don't have the new
commands and other information to be of any use and the Man pages that downloaded were of no help either.
So for now I'm going to try to load Slackware and hope that maybe in a year BSD will be easier to wade through. I
have to admit a bit of sorrow in having to do this as I wanted them both on the same machine.
At the same time I wish to communicate my respect and admiration for the great job the BSD community is doing and
hope in no way to communicate any disregaurd for everyones efforts.
Right now I have to have Windows up and running also and am watching it go into a self destruct mode from somthing
that it downloaded from the net all by it's self with no human operator touching it. There are so many Popups I
had to pull the net cable just to stop it. They don't get no respect.
It is my hope that the various Windows emulators will/are working well enough to run some of my mission critical
programs. Espesially 'Trade Station' . I can't imagine having thousands of dollars riding on Microsoft
Thank You--------Bill Gatlin
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