Well tonight I’m installing FreeBSD on a Virtual Machine using Microsoft’s Virtual PC,2004. Hopefully it goes well. Why am I doing this, you may be asking? Just to try it out. I use Windows every day, and have upgraded from Windows 95 to 98SE to Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional. I’ve even installed trial versions of Windows Server 2003 for testing purposes. But, at the same time, I’m interested in Linux, and other Operating Systems.
If all goes well, and if I can find applications that work on FreeBSD (or Linux) and that I like, I may actually switch to an extent. I’ll still keep my computer set up for Windows, but I’ll probably do most of my work in the Virtual PC. Also, I have an older computer that I’ve installed Windows 98SE on. If I like FreeBSD, and if it will run on that computer, I may switch it. One of the considerations in that is whether I can find a copy of folding @ home that will run on Linux or FreeBSD.
As the installation continues, and my experience happens, I’ll post entries for this. If anyone has ideas of good applications that I can run on FreeBSD, feel free to drop me a line or a comment. Also, if you’ve used FreeBSD in the past, please share your experiences (both good and bad) with me.
Update: The installation of FreeBSD on a Virtual PC didn’t work out as planned. For some reason, I could never get the mouse to work right, and I also couldn’t get it to log in correctly. My latest venture is to install Debian Linux on either an older Acer computer, or on a virtual computer (or both). In the next few days, I hopefully will have results from this venture. And, hopefully they’ll be favorable.