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Date:      Fri, 10 Feb 1995 16:01:28 -0800 (PST)
From:      Rajen Bose <>
Subject:   FrrrBSD 2.0 Installation over FTP
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To Whom This May Concern:

I'm a web and gopher administrator for Residential Computing at UC 
Berkeley.  I was originally running the WWW server on a Windows NT 3.1 
machine, but I didn't like the EMWAC server (the only one made for NT), 
so I decided to switch to a UN*X operating system that could run NCSA's 
httpd.  I chose FreeBSD since I heard that it was a stable and well 
supported OS.  So, for the past three weeks, I've tried to install 
FreeBSD on my IBM - a 25MHz 486sx with 24MB of memory, a 3COM 3c509 TP 
ethernet card set to irq 10 and 0x300, and an IDE CD-ROM drive.  Since I 
can't install via CD-ROM (since IDE CD-ROMs are not supported), I decided 
to try to install using FTP.  I've tried to install the 2.0 release, the 
jan 25 (?) snapshot, the 2/2 snapshot, and the 2/10 snapshot.  None of 
them work.  I was finally able to create proper boot and cpio disks and 
format the drives, but I can't FTP the binaries from  
Frankly, after 3 weeks of trying to install it, I'm sick of FreeBSD.  
I've e-mailed questions@freebsd, pst@freebsd, and paul@freebsd, and 
nobody knew what to do.  I'm almost willing to fly somebody to Berkeley 
so I can actually witness this installation (almost).  Paul T. did 
mention that your 3COM drivers were the flakeiest of all your ethernet 
drivers.  Will it be fixed anytime soon, or should I just switch to 
another OS?  Your advice would be helpful.


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