Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Oct 2009 12:06 UTC, submitted by ebasconp
OpenBSD As mentioned in the release announcement: "Many people have received their 4.6 CDs in the mail by now, and we really don't want them to be without the full package repository. We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.6. This is our 26th release on CD-ROM (and 27th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install." I really want news like this on the front page, but sadly, the long list of improvements makes no sense to me - I don't know what's important and what isn't. If someone can provide a nice readable summary of the most important improvements, I'll include it to the item and place it on the front page. There we are.
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

After look through install documentation, this version of OpenBSD still does not support installation on a logical partition. It is a big disadvantage for me.


Ah, the joy of old-fahioned DOS partitioning... :-)

In fact, every OS should be installable to a "DOS primary partition". You can get up to 4 operating systems on one disk. The artificial maximum of 4 such installations is a "feature" that is still present from old DOS "partition table" times.

"DOS extended partitions" are just a dirty workaround in my opinion. Inside its own "DOS primary partition", each OS should be able to do anything it wants, such as creating own partitions. For example, this is how FreeBSD does things. You can have more than 20 partitions within a slice (a "DOS primary partition"), for example to create mountpoints for functional partition separation, e. g. /, /tmp, /var, /usr and /home. Those are all within the same slice, but represent own file systems. I'm not sure if this can be done in Linux, too, or if each functional part would require a "DOS primary partition" or a "logical volume" within a "DOS extended partition".

There simply is no need to waste more than one of the "precious" 4 "DOS primary partitions" for subpartitioning. "DOS extended partitions" are unneccessary. There's something better present for some time now, so no need to stick with this outdated legacy stuff.

Maybe things get better when GPT gets widely adopted. This would allow to multiboot from more than 4 operating systems.

But finally, I don't multiboot, so this is quite not an urgent topic to me.

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