DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2008-03
Re: Installation on Macbook Pro
Christopher Rawnsley wrote:
On 9 Mar 2008, at 21:10, Bill Hacker wrote:
I would actually recommend an external HDD on FW-800 or USB2.
I don't have one of those handy at the moment so I think I'll keep on
trying without for the moment.
Apple marches to the beat of a whole different orchestra w/r disk
layout & labels, so I had to do that to get FreeBSD/PPC or OpenBSD/PPC
up on my G4 PowerBook 17".
Ah maybe but I like to try none-the-less :)
And I don't use hfs at all - not even for OS X.
Mind me asking what you use and why?
Apple's UFS. Not fully compatible with 'real' UFS, but:
- gives me consistent directory structure, file handling and
case-sensitivity across the PowerBook and the *BSD & *n*x servers I
work with all day.
- makes it easier to keep 'Finder' like stuff from defecating in the
- which - along with a few other tweaks, lets a 1 GHz G4 perform really
well with 12 'desktops', yet w/o having to listen to its raspy
variable-speed cooling fan unless the room is over 24 C or so.
DFLY - or any *BSD - needs only a fraction of the resources even a
cleand-up and stripped-down OS X consumes.
Well I don't have any problems with it. Runs lovely and smooth. Of
course, I would like to get DragonFly running like that too.
Not knocking it 'as shipped'.
But the tweaks above - and a higher-RPM replacement HDD - have extended
the useful life of the G4 by several years already. The replacement may
well be a few more years out - and maybe ARM RISC based or such as this
beast is quite heavy once in the Halliburton case it needs to stay
healthy at 50 to 75 thousand air miles a year.
Other than the above tweaks, I keep the PowerBook as a 'don't f**k with'
appliance as all but one other machine within reach (seldom fewer than
half a dozen) is constantly being reconfigured. Some host a full dozen
OS or variants on one box.
Too easy to lose track of stuff without an 'appliance' as sanity-anchor.
or attempted one, anyway ..