Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Fri Jun 30 03:03:46 UTC 2006

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On Thursday, 29 June 2006 at 22:51:00 -0400, Fernando Pinguelo wrote:
> I am writing to you because I need to vent. I have tried installing
> version 5.3 of FreeBSD on a Pentium III machine. I thought I
> succeeded in doing it so, but when I tried to build xOrg I realized
> that I did not have all the ports installed and that some other
> dependencies were also missing. I realized then that the
> installation had not been as successful as I first thought.
> So, I tried to re-install the ports from the CD, since I didn't have
> an Internet connection to that machine. Well, I kept getting more and
> more hardware/software errors. I then tried to upgrade FreeBSD to
> version 6.1. And that was what I did; I tried.

If you have hardware problems, you'll run into trouble installing

> Well, I kept getting more errors, as usual. The more I tried to
> install/reinstall/upgrade/fix FreeBSD, the more I was realizing that
> anything that had to do with FreeBSD that could go wrond would go
> wrong, be it the software installation or hardware behavior. The
> amount of work and headache that I have been experiencing to move a
> single 'inch' towards a working Unix environment has been enourmously
> frustating. The worst part of it all is that I have not accomplished
> anything tangible at all.
> I think now it is time for this boy to abandon the 'Unix' bandwagon
> for good and move back to MS Windows. At least I will be able to
> concentrate on doing real productive work, instead of dealing with
> temperamental hardware and software every time I touch the PC.

You really can't blame FreeBSD for temperamental hardware.  And if
you're used to Microosft, of course it will seem a little strange at
first.  But this mailing list isn't for venting your spleen, it's for
getting help.  Go and read "The Complete FreeBSD"
(, then if you still have
problems, report them here with details of what went wrong.

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