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Date:      Mon, 6 Jul 1998 11:49:25 +0930
From:      Greg Lehey <>
To:        Jon Groves <>, freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Getting FreeBSD on floppy (was: free DSB)
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001bda881$4d1c74c0$>; from Jon Groves on Sun, Jul 05, 1998 at 08:56:31PM -0500
References:  <000001bda881$4d1c74c0$>

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On Sunday,  5 July 1998 at 20:56:31 -0500, Jon Groves wrote:
> I do not understand how you can say that "Free DSB" is free, If it cost $40
> to get the CD-ROM from Walnut Creek CD-ROM CO.

Well, first we prefer to call it FreeBSD.  Secondly, you're confusing
the price of the software with the price of the media.  FreeBSD is
free; the CDs will cost you $40.

> I would like to get a copy of the software, is there some one other
> than Walnut Creek to get it from?? I prefer the 3.5'' DISKS because
> I do not have a CD-ROM drive on the computer I plan to install on,
> and not FTP because the speed of my connection and distance from
> your server to me is to slow and to far for a fast download.

It's a good idea to watch the traffic on the list before sending a
message.  In this case, you would have seen your own message go by
yesterday.  Here's what I answered:

> On Saturday,  4 July 1998 at 23:04:17 -0400, bj wrote:
>> Hi , i was wondering if i could purchase FreeBSD on a 1.44 floppy? thanks
> Well, it's not available that way, but I suppose I could make you a
> set.  Let's see,
> Filesystem  1024-blocks     Used    Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> /dev/cd0a        647556   647556        0   100%    /cdrom/1
> /dev/cd1a        600578   600578        0   100%    /cdrom/2
> /dev/cd3a        641716   641716        0   100%    /cdrom/4
> /dev/cd2a        653044   653044        0   100%    /cdrom/3
> That's 2542894 kB, or 1765 floppies.  Just for you, I'll do them for
> $1 each.
> Of course, there are no guarantees that all the floppies will be
> readable.  In fact, there's a good chance that 10 or so won't be.  And
> for the same price, I could give you 10 sets of CDs *and* 10 CD ROM
> drives.
> That's why FreeBSD isn't available on floppy.

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