I used to find FreeBSD easy. What has happened? I have a couple of machines I usually install new versions on, one is headless the other is a desktop machine (which was a 100% reliable 5.4 installation). I boot the headless machine using floppies, then install across the net. But something has happened such that I now need five floppies, and I have to put the boot one in at least twice. This wasn't the case previously. It now reminds me of an OS/2 installation with its floppy shuffling.
Then for my desktop machine. sysinstall crashes if I try to install x.org. So I do a pkg_add -r xorg. After about 70 packages I give up. I only used to have about 65 packages in total on my old desktop, now I need more than 70 and I haven't even got x windows up yet. So I go off and have a look and discover that x.org 7.x is modular - " http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/unix/bsd/archives/xorg-72-on-freebsd-13661". This fellow is talking about 300 packages just for x.org! This is nuts. No two ways about it. Whoever decided to do this needs their head (or heads) examined. It used to be so simple. Now it's not. If x.org didn't work for some reason I wouldn't want to track down which of hundreds of packages is missing. Who would? Also, I noticed that python as well as perl was being installed. Is not one scripting language enough for x.org? Why are two needed? I am really frustrated. I don't understand how installing X* this way is supposed to be an improvement. What does it actually give me that I didn't have before? Note my old system was reliable, as is my desktop at work (a 6.2 machine). I was so frustrated that I gave up installing 7 on my home desktop and am now in Windows land. It just seems so pointless. It reminds me of the nastiness of Gnome, which has bazillions of packages, and Gnome needs nearly all of them so why make them separate? I've done enough head banging tonight. Maybe Xfree86 is still available. I haven't looked yet. Frem. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"