Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2007 21:05 UTC, submitted by Nix_User
PC-BSD LinuxHelp has reviewed PC-BSD. "PC-BSD is turning out to be an excellent alternative to other desktop operating systems. After testing and using PC-BSD for some time now, I can't but admire the sheer amount of work that is put into creating, developing and molding an OS for the lay person albeit with a strong slant towards FreeBSD. The fact that PC-BSD is able to accomplish all the tasks expected by an end user - be it using the Internet for communication, listening to music, watching movies or using it for recreation purposes holds it in good stead as a viable desktop operating systems."
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RE[2]: Extended partitions ?
by tristan on Wed 23rd May 2007 13:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Extended partitions ?"
tristan
Member since:
2006-02-01

The Microsoft way of doing things isn't a standard, it's just a lame attempt to mangle things so they fit in their idea of an "operating system". It's lame too playing the copycat to inferior "features".


I'm sorry, what?

Being able to split a hard-disk into more than four partitions is definitely a feature, and one I want and use a lot. Where it came from doesn't matter -- it's there, and it's supported well in Windows and in Linux. But not BSD.

I wanted to try PC-BSD, and in fact downloaded and burned two CDs, before I ran into this very issue -- I had cleared out an extended partition, and the installer didn't want to know.

Rubbish.

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RE[3]: Extended partitions ?
by antik on Wed 23rd May 2007 13:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Extended partitions ?"
antik Member since:
2006-05-19

Being able to split a hard-disk into more than four partitions is definitely a feature, and one I want and use a lot. Where it came from doesn't matter -- it's there, and it's supported well in Windows and in Linux. But not BSD.

You can have 4(primary partitions)*7(slices)=28 "partitions" with FreeBSD on your hard drive. How many you can have with Windows/Linux?

I had cleared out an extended partition, and the installer didn't want to know.
That was a bug that noone encountered during beta and RC testing- now it is fixed.

Extended partitions is *LAME*- end of story.

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RE[4]: Extended partitions ?
by OddFox on Sat 26th May 2007 01:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Extended partitions ?"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

You can have 4(primary partitions)*7(slices)=28 "partitions" with FreeBSD on your hard drive. How many you can have with Windows/Linux?

I wasn't aware that there was some sort of limit on extended partitions you could have in your system. Three primary partitions, one extended and as many logicals as you can handle. I've seen people with upwards of ~60 partitions.

Extended partitions is *LAME*- end of story.

I'm not seeing enough difference between the two schemes for it to matter much to me, all I can see is the BSD camps aren't going to give up their slices anytime soon even though nobody else uses the scheme AFAIK.

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RE[3]: Extended partitions ?
by Soulbender on Wed 23rd May 2007 13:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Extended partitions ?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Being able to split a hard-disk into more than four partitions is definitely a feature,"

It would have been even better if Compaq (yes, this is an abomination that MS is not responsible for) hadn't made the braindead design-decision to limit the number primary partitions to 4. Its a completely arbitrary and pointless limitation that does nothing but add unneeded complexity. That's what the previous poster was getting at.

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RE[4]: Extended partitions ?
by adamk on Wed 23rd May 2007 14:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Extended partitions ?"
adamk Member since:
2005-07-08

Sure, it would have better if the limit wasn't in place. But, unfortunately, there are lots of users out there in the world whose computers are setup that way. And there are many users who might be interested in using PC-BSD (or any of the BSDs) but are unable to because it won't install to an extended partition.

Adam

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