Monday Apr 30, 2007

Installing operating systems

On the weekend, I completed an installation of 10 operating systems in under an hour, all by hand. All of them were Unix, all of them using media I had downloaded and burnt to CD.

The operating system of choice? FreeBSD. In less time than it takes me to do 1 install of OpenSolaris, I did 10 of another open source platform. Granted the other install didn't include java and GNOME and StarOffice \*but\* what it did include was the X-Windows utilities (xterm, etc), the base FreeBSD operating system AND the kernel source code.

Each installation used less than 2GB of disk, delivered me a working envionment for software development (compiler - gcc, editors - vi, debugger - gdb) that needed less than 64MB of RAM to run in a remote fashion where I could launch Xterms back at my main console.

That is what you call a low barrier to entry for someone who wants to install and play around with an operating system.

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