"I've used Linux for a long time, and I've recently been
interested in getting more experience with other operating systems.
Since I don't have any *BSD boxes to play with, I decided to
install one myself. In order to minimize downtime, and to have
online documentation constantly available, I decided to install it
under VMware. I first tried FreeBSD, since it was officially
supported under VMware. After a few tries, that installed
successfully, but I never got X working, and I wasn't too fond of
the overall setup. Frustrated, I decided to try OpenBSD."
"Since I have a fair amount of bandwidth available, I decided to
do an FTP-based install. First step is to grab the install/boot
floppy from an FTP site. This wasn't hard to find at all, and
there's only one boot floppy needed, no matter what kind of install
you're doing. I liked this a lot."
"After transferring the floppy image, floppy27.fs, and writing
it to a floppy using 'dd if=floppy27.fs of=/dev/fd0', I was ready
to boot a new VMware session. You apparently can't configure VMware
devices until the session is powered up, so I had to power on the
VMware session, and then go to the Devices menu, and connect the
floppy drive so the BIOS could boot from it."
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