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A Taste of FreeBSD With VirtualBSD 43

Posted by timothy
from the touches-of-os-x dept.
ReeceTarbert writes "If you wanted to try FreeBSD but didn't have the right hardware, or enough time to make it useful on the desktop, VirtualBSD might fit the bill: it's a VMware appliance based on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE and features the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment and a few of the most common applications to make it very functional right out of the box. If you're curious you can have a look at the screenshots, or proceed to the download page and grab the torrent file right away. (Note: VirtualBSD also works in VirtualBox 2.x as long as you create a new virtual machine and select the virtual disk from the archive instead of creating a new one)."
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A Taste of FreeBSD With VirtualBSD

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  • by jdong (1378773) on Tuesday March 10, 2009 @10:03AM (#27133961)

    However, non-trivial disk acivity (such as compiling a port) caused the OS to shit itself with geometry errors.

    That's my experience too, even with VBox 2.1.2-VBox 2.1.4: Any nontrivially intense disk activity will panic/oops the kernel with disk controller related errors. Once or twice it even was triggered in the installation phase when I elected to install some ports from the second CD. And forget about SCSI controller emulation as a workaround -- that instantly dies on newfs.

  • by jo42 (227475) on Tuesday March 10, 2009 @01:40PM (#27137437) Homepage

    When did virtual machines start getting referred to as "Appliances"?

    When the "Marketing Department" got involved.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.