... in his computer adventures.
Warning, many Linux and BSD installs are much easier than this. This only happens when you want to do odd and funny things
Ok, i decided to start this post just in case someone was wondering where i went. Feel free to leave comments such as "Why do you do this?" and "You are a fool!"
I was on irc chat Tuesday night and was talking to some people in #linux. Some of you may know i am paranoid about security.
My previous operating system was a slim install of Gentoo with hardened kernals, with some heavy hard disk encryption in the event of physical theft.
So while on #linux i was talking to a FreeBSD user. He pointed out that i should use OpenBSD.
So, i set off in my adventure of installing OpenBSD. I download the bootable iso image and go to burn it. Crap. I have not burned a disk yet thus don't have any software. So i set down, and start compiling some burning software. This reqired 8 programs (40~mb) of code to be compiled. So i sat and waited for 30ish minutes to compile all my burning software that i was going to format moments later.
So i get the iso burned, and someone in the #openBSD says "Wait! Don't reboot yet. Make sure to read the FAQ" I shoot back a "Is it not pretty straight forward?" ohh how wrong i was.
I restart my computer with the OpenBSD install disk in and fly through the first few prompts.
What keyboard layout. What language. etc.
I get to the partitioning, now for Windows users, you most often have everything on one partition, C. In my Linux installs i have ran 2 or 3 (/ and /swap or / /home /boot) For OpenBSD they recommend 5, i went with 6.
The disklabel tool starts up and i see to partitions. A and C. This confuses me. I had expected no partitions. so i try to make my partitions and i hit save and quit.
"Invalid paritions please retry install"
So try a few more times with no luck, so i fire in my Gentoo install disk and reboot. It loads up and i hop on IRC. I jump into #freeBSD to talk to the person who suggested this adventure. He explains how i should do this.
So it turns out A is / and C is left over space. So i shrink A and create the rest of my partitions, and it ends up like this.
A / 512M
B /swap 512M
C unused 12G
D /tmp 1G
E /var 1G
F /usr 5G
G /home 20G
So it finally accepts my partitions and starts to install. Now OpenBSD like many installs via the internet. So i am trying to get it to install, and it can't find the propper files. I tell it to show a list and it does of 70+ servers. Then in the next prompt it says [server list# IP] so i keep typing in "list23" now its 4 in the morning and it takes me about 10 minutes to notice its trying to connect to http://list23/pub/openBSD/4.1/i386 I scream shit, and put in the propper url and go to sleep. It is now 4:30 am.
Will update with today fun later.