Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2008 14:25 UTC, submitted by bsd_user
FreeBSD The FreeBSD project has released the second release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0. "We sincerely hope this will be the last of the public tests for 7.0 and that the -RELEASE builds will start in about a week and a half. If bug(s) considered big enough to be show-stoppers are found we will of course reconsider but hopefully we're in good enough shape now to proceed with the release."
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HDD geometry
by jollyx on Wed 13th Feb 2008 20:49 UTC
jollyx
Member since:
2007-03-24

I have always wanted to use FreeBSD side by side with Linux on my HDD but these geometry changes of the HDD had been stopping me. Does anyone know if that "feature" still exists?

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RE: HDD geometry
by indiocolifa on Wed 13th Feb 2008 21:22 in reply to "HDD geometry"
indiocolifa Member since:
2006-06-20

I didn't get any problem with 7.0RC-1 regarding hard disk geometry issues. Of course, we all pray that old quirk gets finally fixed in the new release.

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RE: HDD geometry
by Oliver on Wed 13th Feb 2008 22:47 in reply to "HDD geometry"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Just ignore it.

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RE: HDD geometry
by obsidian on Thu 14th Feb 2008 06:11 in reply to "HDD geometry"
obsidian Member since:
2007-05-12

Ignore it, as Oliver says.

I'm dual-booting FreeBSD 6.3 and Linux. I've had Linux for ages and just popped Free on as well. I'm using a
Debian-based distro - main thing to watch is that when
installing Free, choose the option to leave your boot-record untouched. Do the install of Free, go into
your Linux distro and (assuming your distro uses Grub to boot), put an entry like this in your menu.lst file (it may be called something else on your distro) -

title FreeBSD 7.0
rootnoverify (hd0,3)
chainloader +1

This works perfectly for me. Take close note of the "3". That's for my setup with a Linux root, home and swap partition. If you have more partitions you'll need to increase that number accordingly. Good luck... :-)

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RE[2]: HDD geometry
by sonic2000gr on Thu 14th Feb 2008 14:29 in reply to "RE: HDD geometry"
sonic2000gr Member since:
2007-05-20

And in fact grub can read the ufs filesystem and can be used to directly load FreeBSD's kernel or most probably, loader.

Something like this will also work:

title FreeBSD 7.0
root (hd0,3,a)
kernel /boot/loader

a means the root partitions inside FreeBSD's "slice"

If you wish to dual boot Vista and FreeBSD, also leave the MBR unchanged, use PartitionMagic or GParted to reactivate Vista's partition after install (usually FreeBSD's partition is marked as active after install), then reboot to Vista and install EasyBCD. It is free and works wonders.

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