Hi, a dual booting question

Olaoluwa Omokanwaiye laoluomoks at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 08:32:21 UTC 2016

Thanks Tron, Bertram and Allen for these and all the feedback.

@Tron my partition scheme is MBR
@ Bertram I ended up doing something similar to what you said and was successful in dual booting xubuntu and FreeBSD succesfully. Xubuntu came first and then installed FreeBSD 10.3 then I followed this instruction similar to yours from here


FreeBSD it's just terminal right now but I also want GUI, wireless network  working and my printer working. How do I go from here?

@Allen , my only observation is that FreeBSD 10.3 did not use all the space I dedicated to it so I have extra partition space and wondering what to do with it. Should I install a third OS like OpenBSD or NetBSD and hope it will not get any more complicated having a third OS.

Finally all, now that I have the FreeBSD it's just terminal but I also want GUI, wireless network and my printer working. How do I go from here

Thanks again

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> On 5 Oct 2016, at 11:47 PM, Allen <bsd_atog at comcast.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:09:56 +0100
> Olaoluwa Omokanwaiye <olamoks at me.com> wrote:
>> Dear all ,
>> Please I am have a little trouble dual booting xubuntu 16.04 and
>> FreeBSD 10.3 I have successfully installed both, xubuntu first then
>> the FreeBSD but on powering the system only the xubuntu comes up. How
>> can I make the FreeBSD show up so I can select.
>> Thanks
>> Ola
> Hi,
> I've seen the replies that were already posted, but I wanted to add
> something to this:
> There's a lot of ways to Dual Boot and Tri-Boot, and all that, but the
> easiest way in my opinion is for sure doing it during the installation.
> Doing this can be tricky for first timers, and you do need to sit down
> and read up on your exact set up, but I recall quite a few times over
> the years, where I'd be installing my second or third OS, and I'd
> reboot at the end of the installation, and then the OS I had just
> installed would either overwrite the MBR and I'd have no options to
> boot my other OSs, or, it wouldn't do something, or I did something
> wrong, and I couldn't boot my new OS Installation, and I'd be stuck
> sitting there for 2 hours looking through Configuration Files, while
> trying to deduce wether or not it was the new OS that didn't get put in
> the right spot, or, did it over write the MBR when I didn't want it too.
> One of the easiest things to deal with was SuSE Linux, because it has
> YAST and YAST2 which let you actually open the Configuration for
> Booting, and then from there, I'd just add whatever Options /
> Partitions I needed too.
> The problem was usually from the Installer; Sometimes I'd be using Boot
> Magic and I'd need to set up the Installer a little different, because
> I didn't want it over writing the MBR, or I'd lose my Partition Set Up,
> and then I wouldn't be able to boot up anything else. 
> So for whatever it's worth, google MBR things like LILO and Grub 2, and
> the BSD Boot Loader, because all of those, allow you to use multiple
> OSs, but sometimes, you may need to edit them by hand to add new OSs,
> and set up which Partitions are going to be bootable.
> Sorry about the Length, but Hope it helps,
> -Allen
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