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PC-BSD LinuxHelp reviews PC-BSD, the (100% compatible) variant of FreeBSD aimed at the desktop, and concludes: "All in all, PC-BSD is an OS which has a bright future in the desktop market provided the developers provide more variety of software or at least equivalent to those found in the FreeBSD ports." Screenshots included to keep our younger readers happy.
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What about the geometry bug...
by Temcat on Sat 4th Feb 2006 19:13 UTC
Temcat
Member since:
2005-10-18

...or whatever it was called? Is PC-BSD safe to install alongside Windows and Linux?

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Hetfield Member since:
2005-07-09

I haven't reinstalled FreeBSD in a long, long time, but judging from occasional posts on http://www.freebsdforums.org and the mailing lists, the geometry bug still seems to exist. If so, it has existed for years and no one has bothered to fix it, which is a real turn-off considering that FreeBSD is such a professionally developed system.

That said, I have always safely ignored the geometry bug, and it never was problem for me and many others to install FreeBSD next to other OS's.

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geekgod Member since:
2005-06-29

The geometry bug does still exist and is really annoying. It makes it rather difficult for BSD Installer to function correctly.

There is a PR filed for this bug and it would be great if some of the userbase could start pushing harder for this nasty bug to get fixed. The world no longer revolves around sysinstall so anyone trying to work outside of the sysinstall box will run into this sooner or later.

See http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=bin/90093 for the bug info.

Edited 2006-02-05 02:05

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ozonehole Member since:
2006-01-07

That said, I have always safely ignored the geometry bug, and it never was problem for me and many others to install FreeBSD next to other OS's.

I know that many people operate on the theory that you can safely ignore the geometry bug. And perhaps that's true - I've never lost any data because of it (at least none that I'm aware of). However, this bug has proven to be extremely annoying. The installation programs of many Linux distros will detect the geometry error and immediately exit without installing anything - this is more than a little inconvenient. Once you've got this geometry error, the only way to get rid of it (as far as I know) is to delete all your partitions and repartition with another tool (such as Linux's cfdisk or fdisk). If there's an easier and less destructive way to fix it, I'd like to know.

I really hope the FreeBSD developers will take the time to finally eradicate this bug - I'm sure it drives away many potential users. OpenBSD and NetBSD are not plagued by the geometry bug, so it should certainly be fixable.

If it's any consolation, Windows XP also has a geometry bug. Install XP after you've installed Linux on another partition, and Windows will wreck your Linux partitions, but it won't wreck other Windows partitions on your hard drive. I kind of wonder if this isn't deliberate.

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Andrew Youll Member since:
2005-06-29

PC-BSD would never install on my Athlon64 system due to HD Geometry, I worked for many months with Kris Moore of PC-BSD, in the end we sorted it out, the bugt still maybe there, I'm not sure but it works, and I XP, GNU/Linux and SkyOS installed on that System too.

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ferrix Member since:
2005-07-06

It does exist or at least it did about 6 months ago. However I since installed PCBSD several times with no trouble and my theory is that the bug only bites if you use BSD software to resize partitions or otherwise mess with partition boundaries. Ever since I partitioned my disk in Linux and then just pointed PCBSD at the partition I wanted it to use, I had no trouble.

I would very much like to hear other people's experiences that could confirm or deny this theory.

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jbalmer Member since:
2005-12-18

Actually it does. That is what my friends who have installed FreeBSD say. They say that freebsd complains if it encounters an extended partition. It has no hiccups about primary partitions though.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

"my theory is that the bug only bites if you use BSD software to resize partitions or otherwise mess with partition boundaries. Ever since I partitioned my disk in Linux and then just pointed PCBSD at the partition I wanted it to use, I had no trouble."

Interesting. I must give PC-BSD another try.
At least the geometry bug is being acknowledged here.

When in the past I used to say: "what about the geometry bug?" the reply always was: "Huh? Which bug?", and they voted me down for daring to say something negative.

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