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Installing NetBSD (fwd)
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Installing NetBSD (fwd)
- From: Andreas Brusinsky <brusinsk_(_at_)_inf_(_dot_)_tu-dresden_(_dot_)_de>
- Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 14:07:20 +0200 (MET DST)
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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 13:39:58 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Andreas Brusinsky <brusinsk_(_at_)_inf_(_dot_)_tu-dresden_(_dot_)_de>
Subject: Installing NetBSD
Hello Unix experts!
What would I have to read(or to do) when I like to install
NetBSD-current or NetBSD-1.2 or OpenBSD and a X-Windows system
on a hp300 workstation? ( I managed to install NetBSD-1.1 with
the help of the ../hp300/INSTALL file )
Description of my current situation:
(Don't read further if you are too busy.)
I am new to the netbsd-help group and hope to find here what I need.
I managed to install NetBSD-1.1 on a hp300 workstation with an HP-IB disk.
(This was because I have three old HP workstations and I could make another
with an HP-UX 9.000b on it, to transmit the SYS_INST over the ethernet)
When I started up the system I recognized that it is NOT self explanatory
and new users are not easily added.
There was also no X-Windows on it.
My current hardware situation is:
3 hp workstations (one Apollo 400 with 16MB RAM and a 68040 25 MHz,
one s380 block with 8 MB RAM and a 68040 25 MHz and
one s360 block with 8 MB RAM and a 68030 25 MHz)
5 Harddisk drives ( 4 scsi and one HP-IB, each HD with around 300 MB)
I am a member of a local students council of the computer science
students in Dresden (Germany) and would like to support our council
members with a modern computing platform, which is independent from
We have a HP-UX 9.000 on this machines and a kind of X-windows system
(X11R5) but no tools and no LateX and no other useful tools available
in other unix environments. So we just login from our machines to
other servers in our university and redirect the x-displays.
This is one way to access computers but not a very satisfying.
Especially are our access rights and quotas on the university servers
limited and also some tools I know about not available.
So I read just a bit around in the web and looked for a suitable operating
system to our machines. Linux is not yet ported to hp300 series and
I don't know other OpSys than FreeBSD NetBSD and OpenBSD that are
supposed to work on hp300 and are free available. Actually I would like
to install OpenBSD because what I read about it is that there is more
support for current standards and it also has ELF binary format which
is also the format of Linux I think.
But the internet is quite slow nowdays and the OpenBSD mirrors in europe
are not quite acessable over the day and I could not find INSTALL text
files that explained me in a straightforward manner how I can install it.
So the only file I had was the INSTALL file of some ../NetBSD-1.1/hp300/
directories. So I installed it and now it works. But certainly it is not
very transparent and to analyse what it does and can just by a prompt
is not my understanding of a computer as help or fun of humans.
Certainly I know some unix commans but up to now I was no administrator
and don't like to become a extreme unix freak/specialist. I would
prefer to have a small set of tools that make the administration easy
So what would I have to read when I like to install NetBSD-current or
NetBSD-1.2 or OpenBSD and a X-Windows system on a hp300 workstation.
I am also open to further information about other operating systems
that are free available and work on hp300 machines.
Thank you very much for recognizing my situation
and any help in advance
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