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      Darwin Installation Instructions

    In order to install GNU-Darwin, you must have a free partition or hard drive with at least 2 GB of disk space.

    Also, you should have your assigned IP address, as well as those of your gateway and nameservers. These instructions assume that you know how to edit text under Unix. (Either learn vi or emacs :-)

    OpenDarwin Documentation :
    A very good place to look for informations on network setup, netInfo and x86 issues.

    1. Get Darwin

      Get the Darwin base installation: Go to Apple or OpenDarwin and get the most recent package. Alternatively, you can burn your own GNU-Darwin bootable installer CD (Darwin 1.4.1), or you can simply get the distribution (and many other usful things) on CD-R / DVD-R .

      Install Darwin on your free partition, according to the installation instructions that come with the base installation.

    2. Reboot

      When you reboot again, hold down the option key to select your Darwin OS installation.

      If you would like to see a Unix-style startup, hold down the following keys when the reboot starts : command-option-O-F. When the Open Firmware prompt appears, type the following:

      setenv boot-args=-v
      shut-down

    3. Login

      When the login prompt appears, type "root" and hit return.
      Welcome to Darwin!

    4. Run the GNU-Darwin base net-installer (PowerPC only)

      Based on some experience with several Darwin-only installations, a net installer script has been generated. It is alpha and untested, so if it doesn't work, then use it as a guide. It can be easily modified for Darwin v. OSX installations. gdNet-install will download a file called getPackages, which can be modified for custom minimal installations.

      First, download gdNet-install to your home directory.

      Edit the file, and set the following variables to appropriate values, IPnumber,Router (also known as gateway), NameServer, hostname, and user_name. Install wget and set the goto lines according the directions in the file.

      Then, run the script with "source gdNet-install", so that the program will exit if it encounters an error. If you run into problems with the net installer, please email us.

    5. Logout; login...

      Log out by pressing ctrl-D, then login as the new user.

    6. Install the GNU-Darwin distribution

      See the installation instructions. Then, the real fun begins!

    7. Where to go from here

      You can now use the package manager to get more packages and you can also start using the ports system.


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