Hi all --
I'm trying to install FreeBSD 10.0 on a netbook and must admit the installer is kinda confusing me.
For what it is worth, I ran FreeBSD on dual- and triple- boot systems years ago and recall being quite impressed with it. I've also successfully installed and used NetBSD and OpenBSD before ... so I'm not completely wet behind the ears w/*BSD installation.
Here's what is what I have before me. I'm in the Partition Editor, in the "Create Partitions for FreeBSD" dialogue. The layout is as follows:
ada0 466 GB MBR
ada0s1 202 GB linux-data
ada0s2 3.8 GB EBR
ada0s5 3.8 GB linux-swap
ada0s3 195 GB linux-data
ada0s4 65 GB BSD
... what I can't seem to get the installer to do is let me address ada0s4 only
, and slice it up into freebsd-boot, freebsd-ufs and freebsd-swap. I can delete ada0s4 okay, but if I pick "Modify" the "Edit Partition" dialogue that pops up will allow me to change type to 'freebsd-boot', but will not allow me to reset the 65 GB size. So if I hit return without entering a mountpoint, the ada0s4 line changes to
ada0s4 65 GB (none)
... then if I try "Modify" again, I get the dialogue that offers "Partition Schemes." The handbook suggests GPT, so I highlight that, and hit return. I get the following somewhat cryptic message:
This is EXACTLY what it says.
Using the 'beginner recommended' Partitioning Tool does not appear to be an option either, again because the installer can't seem to figure out that I already have a BSD partition I'd like to use. It presents me with a choice of 'Entire Disk' or 'Partition'. I know I don't want to use the entire disk, so I choose partition. Then up pops a dialogue asking me to create a new freebsd partition, but it only allots 7190KB to it, which I am guessing is the amount of free space left on the hard disk.
... could someone suggest what the best course of action is here? I'm considering throwing in the towel and giving Dragonfly another shot.
Thanks, and sorry if this is whiny,