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I found this article in German regarding running DesktopBSD (FreeBSD + KDE) as a live system from a USB stick: https://forum.bsdgroup.de/showthread.php?p=7064 Here is a translation to English and I encourage ...
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- 02-01-2009 #1
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Running DesktopBSD from USB stick
Here is a translation to English and I encourage all readers to add to this thread with their own findings:
I have just completed booting a DesktopBSD Live from a USB stick on my Lenovo 3000 N200 notebook.
Pleasant surprise: the PCIe Broadcom BCM5906M ethernet card is now part of the current DesktopBSD-1.7-i386-SNAPSHOT-20081116.
The NIC can also be comfortably configured via the DesktopBSD KDE control menu.
Quite a fine thing! Thanks to the DesktopBSD team!
What I've done so far: configure the USB stick after the following guide:
and configured it as follows:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1k count=1 bsdlabel -Bw da0 auto newfs /dev/da0a
The DesktopBSD ISO image can be mounted to /mnt/iso with the following:
mdconfig -a -t vnode -f DesktopBSD-1.7-i386-SNAPSHOT-20081116.iso -u 0 && mount -r -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /mnt/iso
BIOS has been set to boot from USB.
Immediately reported to the bootloader of DesktopBSD, the process halts when mounting the partition. So again I searched a bit and edited in /etc/fstab from DesktopBSD on the USB stick.
Originally it reads:
/dev/iso9660/DesktopBSD / cd9660 ro 0 0
/dev/da0a/DesktopBSD / ufs ro 0 0
I will dream perhaps about how to achieve a boot process without manual intervention from ufs:da0a.
I think this could maybe be the big hype around these small Netbooks, or this sweet little EeePC box, which just like the Netbook neither has a floppy nor CD or DVD drive, quite a bonus, perhaps because one would prefer to have with him his favorite thing to install or test.
Also this could be the favorite system so easily carried with you in your pocket as DesktopBSD live USB stick.
Small drawback: my old Socket A crate has difficulties when a USB drive is attached upon booting, no matter whether the USB disk or USB stick is inserted; it will crash, but that's what you have with the newer notebooks.
The "fat" KDE runs very smooth, incidentally, feels very "snappy" on the live USB stick.
- 02-04-2009 #2
Those are great news, there are very few BSD running from a stick.