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FreeBSD DVD

Discussion in 'Installing and Upgrading FreeBSD' started by susanth, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    Hi friends,

    I was searching for making FreeBSD DVD from the CDROM iso distribution.

    Finally landed on this link >> Creating Your Own FreeBSD 7.0 DVD http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/bsd-guru/creating-your-own-freebsd-70-dvd-22791

    A nice step by step way to do the task.

    Why FreeBSD is still on CDROM Standard :( ?
    May be to get Wide Reachablity :)

    A Single DVD is easy to install; No Disk Swapping Overhead
     
  2. Sylhouette

    Sylhouette New Member

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    If i recall correct the new release of 7.1 will include a dvd

    Also in the snapshot directory there are -CURRENT dvd images.

    regards,
    Johan Hendriks
     
  3. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    Thanks for sharing the latest info
     
  4. lyuts

    lyuts New Member

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    Upcoming releases 6.4 and 7.1 will be available on DVD.
     
  5. keramida@

    keramida@ New Member Developer

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    FreeBSD on DVD

    Yep, the next releases will also be available on DVD.

    Thanks to Ken Smith who added the necessary makefile glue, it should be possible to download 7.1-RELEASE in one DVD image (instead of 2-3 CD-ROM images).
     
  6. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    Thanks to all FreeBSD developers :)
     
  7. Kitche

    Kitche New Member

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    for a while I just used Dru's dvd script to make FreeBSD dvds worked quite well actually
     
  8. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    6.4 DVD release not found :(
     
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    bsddaemon New Member

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    IIRC, the explaination to not offer DVD is because of the excessive bandwidth. Also, most users dont need DVD, but if we do offer DVD, they still download because they dont wanna feel like missing anything.

    Personally I never download FreeBSD DVD. If I need to do fresh install, I just download the Fixit CD and choose FTP install
     
  11. corrosion

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    I don't see a real need for a dvd. When I needed an ISO I simply downloaded the 1st CD ISO. Enough for a clean and simple install. After that, ports and everything online
     
  12. Djn

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    I guess it's useful if you've got a slow line at home, but access to a fast line somewhere else.
     
  13. Kitche

    Kitche New Member

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    Most people like DVD's now so they don't have to switch discs out since I do know that sysinstall sometimes can ask for one disc then ask for the other disc that was in the drive before the new disc was placed in.
     
  14. fonz

    fonz Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Indeed

    You're quite right.

    I remember that when I first got into FreeBSD (with 3.3-RELEASE) I had a badass Internet connection available at the university but no Internet at all in my dorm room. Therefore, the ports collection was no option but fortunately there was a coherent set of binary packages on discs. However, changing discs like a DJ was a bit of a hassle. So in my opinion there are some valid reasons for having a DVD rather than 3 or 4 CDs.

    Fonz
     
  15. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    Thanks! I think DVD is more convenient.
     
  17. susanth

    susanth New Member

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    Let the DVD be in Torrent format only; there by saving enough Bandwidth.

    in Case of 6.4 release; the FTP has DVD and Torrent has no DVD !!!
    If it was reverse, there would be a good amount of bandwidth saving.

    ...but if we do offer DVD, they still download because they dont wanna feel like missing anything...

    I don't think so. If we have 1.44 Floppy disk version of Base system and such disk images. Will people download that too to avoid missing feeling... ?
    I don't think so. (Sorry; it's only my view)

    These are the situations where moderator could Put a poll and understand the end users Feeling; by looking into the voting result. For E.g.:
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    Do you Like a DVD image of FreeBSD Release ?
    1) No DVD; CDROM is enough
    2) Yes; CD & DVD Required
    3) DVD alone is enough
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    NOTE: Please make note that every one in the world does not have high speed internet to do FTP install.
     
  18. unimatrix

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    I know the PC-BSD folks had offered a DVD download. Previously I'd only downloaded CD 1 and used the Ports from there. But I'm doing a lot of test configurations in a particular VM which plays nice with FBSD 7 save for networking functions. So I've been playing the .iso juggling the past day.

    I've been testing other distros with either live DVD's or distros on DVD and it's been nice to have 1 .iso for installation.
     
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  20. Citsakots

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    Two great suggestions. I wouldn't mind seeding for the community and I'm also all in for a DVD image to be created.
     
  21. keramida@

    keramida@ New Member Developer

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    Ken Smith has made a few changes to sysinstall to fix the "infinite CD swapping prompts" problem. I haven't had a chance to test this with 6.4 yet, but it's worth trying :)
     
  22. Kitche

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    yea that's what he said one time on the NFLUG mailing list. never really tried it since anymore I just do a pkg_add -r after I install.
     
  23. Eponasoft

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    The DVD option is good for OEMs who want to offer FreeBSD as an operating system with new systems. Yeah I know this doesn't happen a lot ;) but a man can dream...
     
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    I was surprised, and initially disappointed, not to find an official DVD. I feared all kinds of disk-swapping hell, so I made my own DVD from the CD isos before even booting.

    After installing and updating my system a few times now (don't worry, I'm having fun) I now see the logic behind offering CDs. I do a very basic install, no packages, and no ports (they're out-of-date, so I portsnap/freebsd-update). I almost certainly only needed CD1. I guess a DVD would be useful for some around the time of release (where media and ports are closer), but for where things stand right now with 7.0, or for anyone looking to be on current, it'd be a waste of bandwidth.

    I'm hoping there's still a small download for 7.1. I'll be using that rather than a DVD full of software I'll never install, or that will be out-of-date in a few weeks. (That's assuming I screw-up the official upgrade method of course - i.e. likely :))
     
  25. gnemmi

    gnemmi New Member

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    We all do ...
    Having CDs is not a bad thing .. is a _good_ one !!
    Having a DVD is a really nice addition ...

    But nobody is saying "there should be no CDs .. it's DVDs or nothing!".

    Anyways:

    Code:
    [gonzalo@inferna ~]% ftp ftp.freebsd.org
    Trying 2001:4f8:0:2::e...
    Trying 2001:6c8:6:4::7...
    Trying 204.152.184.73...
    Connected to ftp.freebsd.org.
    220 Welcome to freebsd.isc.org.
    Name (ftp.freebsd.org:gonzalo): anonymous
    331 Please specify the password.
    Password:
    230 Login successful.
    Remote system type is UNIX.
    Using binary mode to transfer files.
    ftp> cd /pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/ISO-IMAGES/7.1/
    250 Directory successfully changed.
    ftp> ls
    229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||52028|)
    150 Here comes the directory listing.
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     38094848 Dec 07 18:27 7.1-RC1-i386-bootonly.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     579241984 Dec 07 18:28 7.1-RC1-i386-disc1.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     556623872 Dec 07 18:30 7.1-RC1-i386-disc2.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     611401728 Dec 07 18:32 7.1-RC1-i386-disc3.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     301572096 Dec 07 18:40 7.1-RC1-i386-docs.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     1895973319 Dec 07 18:39 7.1-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso.gz
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002     231831552 Dec 07 18:41 7.1-RC1-i386-livefs.iso
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002          450 Dec 07 18:45 CHECKSUM.MD5
    -rw-r--r--    1 110      1002          695 Dec 07 18:48 CHECKSUM.SHA256
    226 Directory send OK.
    ftp> quit
    221 Goodbye.
    [gonzalo@inferna ~]%
    
    There you go .. ;)