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Date:      Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:08:02 -0500
From:      Jerry <gesbbb@yahoo.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager
Message-ID:  <20090116100802.09d9dd83@scorpio>
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On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:20:50 +1000
Da Rock <rock_on_the_web@comcen.com.au> wrote:

>On Fri, 2009-01-09 at 09:53 -0500, Grant Peel wrote:
>> Hi Mike,
>>=20
>> I am not at all sure whate you are suggesting here?
>>=20
>> What I am asking, is, somehting like:
>>=20
>> Can I reboot the machine with the FreeBSD install disk, and using
>> the sysinstall utility, reinstall the freebsd boot manger so I wind
>> up with:
>>=20
>> F1 Windows
>> F2 FreeBSD
>> F5 Disk1
>>=20
>> -Grant
>
>Not a chance- why do you think you have to install Window$ first? Gates
>and his cronies aren't going to make it easy for you to install free
>software, and so they make it as hard as possible hoping you'll install
>Window$ and give up.
>
>I haven't heard of anywhere that any of the freeloaders (pardon the
>pun) that can boot a M$ system- only paid for software like Bootmagic.
>Or use the M$ loader in window$ to boot other systems- strange that it
>should be able to do that, but then most of the OSS is KISS based
>rather than the rigmarole M$ go to.
>
>Again, I could be outdated and/or wrong on this, but I doubt it has
>changed.

This primarily applies to Vista, although it might work with other
versions of Windows. It is possible to install FreeBSD or Linux, and
possibly other OS's prior to the installation of Microsoft's Windows.

Check out these two URLs for further information.

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Linux
http://administratosphere.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/installing-grub-on-freeb=
sd/

You will also need the "sysutils/grub" port installed.


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Jerry
gesbbb@yahoo.com

Do not believe in miracles -- rely on them.

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