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Date:      Wed, 25 Mar 2009 04:59:11 +0100
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        Harold Hartley <wheelie207@gwi.net>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: installing freebsd on windows
Message-ID:  <20090325045911.56efaff6.freebsd@edvax.de>
In-Reply-To: <49C9A572.3070006@gwi.net>
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On Tue, 24 Mar 2009 23:30:58 -0400, Harold Hartley <wheelie207@gwi.net> wrote:
> Some may be running windows and may want to try freebsd and doesn't want 
> to rid windows.



> But if something could be done to make it easy enough for those that 
> doesn't know how to install freebsd or something of that sort.

I think the FreeBSD documentation makes it easy enough. :-)

NBo, honestly: It's so easy, simply put in the CD and follow
the instructions on the screen. There's no black magic involved.



> I know how to install linux to a drive without other OS's on it and I 
> know how to use the command line to install or setup other apps like 
> flash or java and other apps that need other commands.
> 



> But I'm sure others are not familiar with using the command line and 
> such for installing a OS.

But then, FreeBSD surely isn't for them.

For those users, PC-BSD and DesktopBSD are much better ways to go.
They do still have a functional FreeBSD OS, but the installer is
with nice graphics and guides them through a "next, next, next,
next, next, reboot" procedure as they know it from "Windows".

If you want to have a look at it, these are the homepages:

PC-BSD		===>	http://www.pcbsd.org/
DesktopBSD	===>	http://www.desktopbsd.net/

And PC-BSD even provides an installer (PBI) that makes "Windows"
users feel at home: Download something from the web manually,
then click "next, next, next, finish" and have an application
installed. :-)



> I really am interested in freebsd, but I don't want to mess up my OS's 
> on my drive either.

You don't need to be frightened of that. In order to wipe off
something you still need, you will have to be VERY stupid. :-)

FreeBSD provides means that warn you if you're accidentally doing
something wrong. But please keep in mind that FreeBSD relies on
the circumstance that IF you instruct it to do something, you're
SURE that you want to do so.

Everything you need is some free space on the disk. Anything
else keeps unmodified.



> My main interest is wanting to learn how to develop code on linux and/or 
> freebsd.

Then you won't encounter any problems. As a Linux user, you're
already equipped with basic UNIX knowledge that will help you
to understand FreeBSD.



> If I had a second drive on my computer, could I install freebsd on the 
> 2nd drive and still select it from the boot list

Of course. As I mentioned, your boot manager will have to know
about the new OS, either by you (putting the correct information
into it) or by itself (autodetection of a second hard disk with
a valid boot block).



> Maybe I should take this to the other topic of the mailing list.
> I noticed you CC to the freebsd-questions list. Is that the list I need 
> to continue my questions on.

Yes. I think it's okay to CC the list because our conversation
may be helpful to others. I'm not intending something evil. :-)




-- 
Polytropon
>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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