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How you manage the early stages of learning OpenBSD really depends on the
expectations you bring with you when you first approach it.

I adminned Ultrix, SunOS and HP-UX boxes before jumping into the freenix
world. I expected a rough ride with the disks and took a safe approach. No
multiple partitions, no funny boot managers. I mucked it up a couple of
times, but now I can fumble my way through an install without whining to
the lists (too much, that is...). Later I managed to setup a dual-boot
Win95 and OpenBSD disk. Crawl, walk, run; babies do it right.

If your only experience with raw disks and partitions is 
or even worse, buying your hardware preconfigured at the computer store,
you're in for a big shock.

You get out of OpenBSD (or any freenix) what you put in.

 --Louis  <louis@bertrandtech.on.ca> 

Louis Bertrand       http://www.bertrandtech.on.ca/
Bertrand Technical Services, Bowmanville, ON, Canada  

OpenBSD: Secure by default.  http://www.openbsd.org/

On Thu, 23 Sep 1999, Niall Brady wrote:

> Exactly!  But perhaps <cringe> HOWTOs weren't the right way of referencing
> it... what you mention below about suggested sizes is already included on
> the CD-ROM inlay... presumably in the text files on the ftp sites too...
> but when you jump in, and like a lot of people, don't read every single
> section of the install docs, and you're new to disklabel (like I was at
> the time), you're going be a bit lost... so maybe it's just a question of
> including more detail in the install docs that people are most likely to
> look at... of course, as someone pointed out, it is in the faq already,
> but buried in a place where most newbies won't look...
> Niall
> On Thu, 23 Sep 1999, Jan Johansson wrote:
> >Hello!
> >
> >This is the kind of document that I would have wanted. A fairly large 
> >peice that says /var is used for this and that. /usr/local/bin normally 
> >stores local binaries which only have one file but you put larger stuff 
> >like apache in /opt.
> >
> >After all that has been passed through it recomends sizes for the 
> >variuos stuff telling how to do it.
> >
> >Maybe this is just something you learn over time, or make up your own 
> >way of.