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Date:      Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:08:05 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
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Subject:   Re: get rel 9.0 iso
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On Thu, 8 Sep 2011 10:31:57 +0000 (GMT), Thomas Mueller wrote:
> Is that pc that can't boot from memstick old?  I have an old
> PC, dating to July 2001, that can't boot directly from USB,
> but can boot from USB with the help of Plop (
> boot manager.

If it doesn't boot directly (even my old 2005 PC has problems
with that) try to use PLOP to boot the memstick image. You
can easily directly copy it to a USB stick which would then
be a bootable media.

> I think dvd1.iso was < 700 MB and would therefore fit on a CD? 

No that would have been the CD#1; the traditional set of 4 CDs
comes with CD#1 installation, CD#2 Live system (can also be
used to install via Internet), CD#3 and CD#4 for packages.

Those CD images are named "disc" instead of "dvd". You can
find them for the current release at

FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso	   48,108 KB -> CD
FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso	  668,928 KB -> CD
FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso.xz	2,017,993 KB -> DVD
FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-i386-livefs.iso	  258,216 KB -> CD
FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img	  936,150 KB -> USB

Those set of images is typically generated for a RELEASE,
not for CURRENT (and its BETA and RC stages).

In your case, the 9.0-BETA2 "bootonly" CD can be used to boot
the system and to start the installation via Internet (in case
you don't have the option to boot from DVD).

> My computer from July 2001 had CD-RW but no DVD.  This was
> one of the factors pushing me to buy parts for a new computer.

In this case, I'd simply use CD because it seems to be
less trouble (just in case USB boot via PLOP doesn't
work). You can also go the following road: Install 8.2-RELEASE,
do a source upgrade to 9.0-BETA and update your system
from source. You'll find details in the FreeBSD Handbook
and in /usr/src/Makefile's comment header.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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