A few decades back, installing Unix yourself was not possible—most of the time, Unix makers would only sell machines that were fully preinstalled.
Times have changed. Unix now runs on the PC—something AT&T was highly averse to, mostly for commercial reasons. Since the PC is a personal computer, Unix installation is now very much a personal task. You can—and must be able to—install FreeBSD and Linux yourself. This is not difficult at all, as this chapter will hopefully elucidate.
5.1 Disk Partitioning
We’ll start this chapter by revisiting a fundamental term: partition. What ...