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BSD Today: Attempting to installing OpenBSD under VMware

Jul 07, 2000, 01:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Weatherford)

[ Thanks to Jeremy C. Reed for this link. ]

"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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