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[C] From: (Bonar, Gregory)
Subject: FreeBSD on Aero - smooth install
Date: 11 Sep 2001 10:09:37 -0400

I recently installed FreeBSD 4.3 on an aero 4/25 with 20megs.
I put the FreeBSD CDROM in a desktop running FreeBSD with a network card.
After booting from the two floppies the install prompted me to remove the
pcmcia floppy and insert the pcmcia network card.
I have used the ftp and nfs methods to install and both worked well.
The install went very smooth.
I also have installed via the parallel port (laplink). Also smooth but 
slow.

[C] from: Gregory Bonar
Date: April 2001

Installing FreeBSD 4.2 on my Aero was very easy.

I created the two boot floppies and booted with my ethernet card already
plugged in. I had the install CDROM on another machine on my network, but
it is equally easy to ftp the files from any of the mirrors on the net. In
that case all that is required are the two boot floppies.

I followed the standard simple install procedures and ended up with a very
responsive unit on my 4/25 with 20MB RAM. I run emacs under X with no
problems. I used 340MB for the OS, 30MB for swap. There is an option for a
minimal install that I experimented with and it was less than 100MB. (No X).

This not a special-for-laptops install or a 'stripped down' version. It is
identical to what I run on my desktop. 

Adding a new app is as easy as typing 'make' and then 'make install'. If the
package is not on your hard drive, FreeBSD automatically tries to get it off
the net, plus any dependencies.

Linux is great - I used to use it. But I find FreeBSD to be much easier to
install and maintain. just my two cents.

[C] from: Jim
date: 2001

I've got my 4/33c running FreeBSD 4.0 just fine... you might check and
see that apm is compiled and enabled in your kernel.

[C] Subject: A better version of Linux for Aero users...
From: adavie@varney.idbsu.edu (Andrew Davie)
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 15:50:38 -0600

I couldn't fit it all on the subject line, but i know that there are some
MiniLinux users here, and there is a better distribution of Linux for Aero
users that want to use the UMSDOS file system.  It's called DosLinux and
Version 5 (dated 1/23/97) can be found at..

http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/Incoming/

It uses kernal 2.0.28, 100% ELF, etc...

MiniLinux was kernal 1.0.9 if i remember correctly...

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