Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
If there is one thing I don’t fondly remember about the PC-BSD series, it is the problems I had finding a hard drive that would be accepted as ‘good enough’ by the installer. The PC-BSD installer refused to cooperate with seven harddrives, ranging from 20 Gb to 120 Gb in size, reporting CRC errors etc. In the end only an old 6,4 Gb drive was deemed okay. Of course, it’s not bad to have a good hardware checkup, but in all cases the drives were and are still quite functional with Windows and various Linux distributions on them.
With this in mind I expected DesktopBSD to act similarly. I could have opted to go for the 6,4 Gb drive immediately, but that’s not the way of the empirical researcher. Again I went through the stack of hard drives. Yep, same list of errors and refusals. The DesktopBSD installer is somewhat smarter than the PC-BSD installer. Where PC-BSD would just start the install routine (only to fail at each attempted package), DesktopBSD would immediately halt with an error message.