Starting from Scratch!

Frank Shute frank at
Wed Feb 2 18:31:01 UTC 2011

On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 12:09:11PM -0000, Graham Bentley wrote:
> After several months away from FreeBSD I am asking
> for advice on versions for general desktop / interest
> use [non critical learning platform]
> Should I hang on a bit for 8.2 to go current?
> Or will I easily be able to update RC3 in any case?
> Thanks!

Graham, you might want to consider doing your installation with a copy
of PC-BSD.

It's got a better installer than FreeBSD's sysinstall and you can use
ZFS if you like. Here's an article which shows the PC-BSD installer in

If I was you, I wouldn't wait for 8.2, I'd get stuck in and treat the
inevitable upgrade as a learning experience.




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