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Old 06-18-2003, 09:14 AM   #1
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installing Unix with no Operating System to start off


Hi all,

I just joined this forum and I have tons and tons of questions!

I wanted to either install Linux or Unix on my laptop so that I can install Oracle. But neither of them was success(not on laptop, i finally ended up installing it on my PC)!

But I am still eager to install on laptop! with:
pentium 4
128 RAM
30 GB Mem

so, how to install unix (of course on laptop)?

I bought this book (Unix System Administrator's Bible) and got a CD (Full distribution copy of FreeBSD 2.2.5); and it is all compressed (I got that portion), the laptop doesnt have any OS on it, so using PC I made the bootable flopy. I start my laptop with the floppy, it starts off correctly; but.... it hangs up once it starts accessing floppy!

Regarding the compressed files on CD, do I have to uncompress them in a different CD/Floppy before I start with the bootable floppy?

HELP!!!!!!
 
Old 06-18-2003, 01:55 PM   #2
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If you want to install Oracle on it it would be a good idea to get RedHat. Oracle will work under FreeBSD, but you'll have to change or tweak several things first. Besides, you have a really old FreeBSD version.

You don't need another OS to install Unix/Linux. If you download or buy the RedHat CD set, you will only need to boot your computer with the first CD into the drive and the installation will start automatically (assuming your BIOS has "boot from CD" on). You don't need to create a floppy.

Good luck...
 
Old 06-19-2003, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thank you, Werpon!

You suggestion is appreciated. But see I tried to install RedHat 7 without success! Yep, it got installed somehow but then while booting it hangs up giving errors at "eth0"! any guess why it does that? I know for sure that the laptop has ethernet card.

Thank you, again.
 
Old 06-19-2003, 04:49 AM   #4
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that'll depend how you set up the eth0 interface. i'd adivse you to try a newer version of redhat too, 9.0 came out a month or two ago now...
 
Old 06-19-2003, 05:08 AM   #5
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I'm thinking about installing Oracle on my machine let us know how it goes.
 
Old 06-19-2003, 01:33 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by davholla
I'm thinking about installing Oracle on my machine let us know how it goes.
Ok, I will let you know. Since one of my friends has installed both (Linux and Oracle) but its on PC so it was of little use for me. (Since I am trying to install on laptop)
 
Old 06-20-2003, 03:48 PM   #7
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Re: installing Unix with no Operating System to start off

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Originally posted by nchauhan
and got a CD (Full distribution copy of FreeBSD 2.2.5)
You do realise how old FreeBSD 2.* is, right? Right now, 4.8 is stable and 5.0 has been out for a while. You might have a little more luck with a more up to date version.

And don't let people lure you into the evils of Red Hat. BSD all the way.
 
Old 06-21-2003, 11:40 AM   #8
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Got it Artimus! I will not let that happen (people luring me into evils of RH ), but as such I was trying both Linux and Unix, which ever I get it done first I will be using it. I just got the RH9.0 copy so I will try that now.

But remember they both are siblings so doesnt matter!
 
Old 06-22-2003, 03:02 PM   #9
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Just a clarification: BSD has not had any unix in it since I believe version 2.x. So its not appropriate to call them "unix" anymore. They are a clone, just like Linux.

Have fun, and Dont get sucked into the Linux-BSD debate, they are both going to be running the same programs, so you probobly wouldn't notice the subtle differences.
 
Old 06-23-2003, 03:19 AM   #10
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Linux=kernel
BSD=OS
Linux=clone(MINIX)
BSD=genetic Unix

both are wonderful in their own right
 
Old 06-26-2003, 07:28 AM   #11
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Before we get totally off-topic, I'd recommend again RedHat as it's the only distro specifically certified to run Oracle, which is the main purpose for it. Running Oracle on FreeBSD is not an easy task. More info here:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...mu-oracle.html
 
Old 06-26-2003, 09:54 AM   #12
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