Well, I just lost PC-BSD again. I managed to get the Beta 3 up and running, using an openSUSE net install disk for a boot loader. Once up, it upgraded nicely to the RC1, but on reboot, the screen went blank again. I tried using THIS TIME, the PC-BSD DVD to try to find the boot option, but it went right into the install mode, passing up the options. Wiped my disk. I am downloading the whole RC1 outright (my last DVD of a 100 pack; on a 4kbps ISP Internet DSL connection here in Saipan!). In the meanwhile, I have to use the Ubuntu on my computer so my pet woman forgives me for tying up her nasty Windows rig. I just wanted to let you know the PC-BSD Beta 3 ran 'puss' (perfect) on my mid 2009 MacBook Pro as the sole OS. I used the KDE Partition Tool available from openSUSE to prep my HD. I was using GhostBSD. But the latest releases the Dev changed the installer to a aMac kind. I dont know if you follow the GHOSTBSD, but you guys should work together. Ide love to see Knoppix, GhostBSD, Aptosid & PC-BSD join forces to make a SINGLE "Dual-boot" flavor. A hybrid FreeBSD/Debian switchable like a desktop.
Hey Kris, I meant to mention too, it might be real helpful if each post people do required a "check box" poll of what they are using to run PC-BSD. I think a lot of bad data comes from the Virtual Box world. I love VB's, but it gets confusing to follow someones instructions, and a Month later find out they are using a VB to give advice. Yea, when I ran a VB on my OS X, I got to run all kinds of stuff on a MacBook Pro!!! But in real life, if one wants to be free of the new Apple/Windows, to stuff a working REAL OS like PC-BSD into an Apple made computer is a trick and a half for the all but serious experienced Computer Operator. Most of us transitioning are "users" wanting to learn to be Operators. I for one, sure appreciate your efforts. It took me 5 years to save up to buy that MacBook with software to match. I will never go back to OS X for the life of me. But I have too much invested in that aluminum can to not put FreeBSD somehow in it. And I can not afford another machine, even a $100 used one is out of the question right now.
As I type on my womans Windows (Acer Ext 5620Z), I drool at the potential of this simple machine. Unfortunately, she is a stingy Jew (not to mean offensively, we both are) and a Windows lover (Vista). I put the Knoppix Adriane on it Live to show her what it can do, and she liked it until she thought it could upset her Windows, and told me to take it out and never **** with her machine again. Its stupid, because she can not even use it to check her bank account by herself, I have to do it. Anyway, I only say this, because so many people are bi-polar like that. They want a working OS like PC-BSD, but fear letting go of something so obsolete and useless as WinXP & Vista, and now OS X too is so Windows-like, it might as well be Microsoft. The Darwin people must be rolling in their graves! So sad to mangle such a once beautiful OS, to do what OS X .7 is a Sin!
Anyway, the bootloader/installer on the Ubuntu for Mac 11.10 looks to be the older one Red Hat Linux used around 1999 or so. The biggest problem in almost all the installers is a lack of EJECT at the install finish, and a need generally for a USB mouse on the MacBook Pro to install most Open Source OS. I have yet to get a Flash Install to work. I suppose an external Hard Drive might work, but then again, a USB doesnt? So we are stuck with CD/DVD and no way to get it out when the system finishes installing, and reboots. As soon as that Grub 2 hooks back into the new install, its curtains.
Okay, it takes a few days to download the ISO. So I shall get back to you with my experience of RC1 and that command line I seen on the wiki. I pray it works. Ubuntu works, but it does not settle with me as well as PC-BSD (I sure wish you would change the name to EZ-BSD or just Z4-BSD or something). Something about Ubuntu always makes me feel skittish for some reason?
Almost there! I bet in another week or two I have PC-BSD working Tits on my MacBook Pro. Then I can pry that Apple logo out and wiz on it!
I am back (on edit mode). The new Ubuntu for Mac totally fragmented on the reboot. So I am attempting a Net Install of openSUSE while I wait for PC-BSD to download. I was looking at the 120 or so DVD's I have burned over the last couple Months in the hopes of liberating myself from Apple. Only one has truly worked tits out of the box, and its Nodezero, a Pentest Ubuntu variant. GhostBSD & PC-BSD have been the most consistent operable installs. But getting them to boot thus far has been very unorthodox. The best way lately has been to use that openSUSE Net Install disk, run it to the boot menu, boot from Hard Disk, and wind up with PC-BSD. All the successful GhostBSD installs were not "update-able", nor could I get packages. So the allure of sticking with it was not there. If I knew more about tweaking things in the terminal....? I have more than my fingers crossed for this RC1 to work. My 320 Gig HD now shows only 270 usable even after a "7 pass erase". At this point, I am tiring of worrying if the MacBook lives or dies. One way or another I will find a machine that will run PC-BSD. Just looking at the MacBook nauseates me anymore. For the few times I did get to fiddle with PC-BSD before fatal reboots, it was very sweet! Thanks for all the hard work in this project. When the day comes I get it working, my whole aim is to do HAM Radio stuff, experiment with DSR, and try to drag the Mac HAM people over to FreeBSD (PC-BSD). I see no future in OS X at all. It really went to the dogs in a hurry. I mean no disrespect to the millions of hours of hard work to get it to where it is. The "Art" of it is great. But the practical use of it fell of a cliff like a drunk Mule!
Anyway, disregard please the Ubuntu for Mac, as it did not work. It could have been a bad Burn on the ISO, but I doubt it. I wish the Knoppix crew was as interested in getting a MacBook to work with Open Source. My dream is a dual boot PC-BSD & Knoppix. I could love my MacBook again! I think I need to drop the MacBook nomenclature, and call it an Abattoir now. That Hitachi HD is one tough sucker. Its gone through easy 1,000 plus full installs in two years. Its a long story, but I got screwed from Apple from day one. I bought it in Hilo Hawaii at a place "Authorized" by Apple to sell Apple. I had no idea it was a year old on the shelf, and BROKEN. I took it back, and the store kept it for a Month saying they were fixing it. By 45 days I had Apple on their butt, they mailed it to Apple. Apple kept it for about 3 weeks. The NEW MacBook Pro's came out 2 weeks after I bought the lemon. So for the first two Months of my prize possesion ownership, IO was computerless! The thing has always had issues, and all Apple said is buy more Apple Care. Now they charge $50 a phone call. Screw em!
Later! I shall let you know how RC1 goes, only 20 hours remaining! This one is cooking fast!
Last edited by WildeGeist; 10-25-2011 at 12:31 PM.
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