Booting FreeBSD from floppy or CD
Ahmad Arafat Abdullah
trunasuci at mail.com
Tue Sep 19 18:21:47 PDT 2006
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Jeays" <mj001 at rogers.com>
> To: "Jerry McAllister" <jerrymc at msu.edu>
> Subject: Re: Booting FreeBSD from floppy or CD
> Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 16:49:27 -0400
> On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 10:49 -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 01:52:07AM -0700, Stanley Wright wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > > > Is it possible to boot FreeBSD from a floppy disk or a
> > CD. I dont want > the other users to know the OS is on the
> > computer.
> > Wow, stealth FreeBSD.
> > I haven't done it, but I think you can make a live CD and boot
> > and run from that. But what about disk space to use - you will
> > want to leave some stuff there somewhere to work on. Just
> > getting it booted is not very exciting or fulfulling. Of
> > course, if the other system on the machine is MS, and you squeeze
> > it down to make room for some FreeBSD work space, it won't show
> > up in MS. So, maybe no-one will notice the space shrinkage.
> > You could go ahead and make it FreeBSD bootable too, but then
> > they would see the FreeBSD boot select menu. You could put
> > everything there, but replace the MBR with the MS one
> > and then use the CD to start the boot and then select the FreeBSD
> > slice from its menu and then just run from the disk. Then the CD
> > is only needed for its MBR. I think that would work.
> > Anyway, check the FreeBSD handbook on making a live CD and maybe
> > someone else will also dip in their oar.
> > So, what's so scarey about someone else knowing FreeBSD is on the
> > machine?
> > ////jerry
> > > Thanks
> > > Stan
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> A live CD such as Freesbie and a USB memory stick for personal storage
> should give you all you need. You can format the USB memory with the
> FreeBSD UFS filesystem, or leave is as a DOS FAT for compatibility with
> other operating systems. You won't need to change a single byte on the
> hard disk, and no one will know once you go away.
> If you are thwarting company or school policy, watch out! It might be
> much cheaper in the long run to buy another machine of your own. A used
> computer can be had for very little, and an older one will run FreeBSD
> just fine.
I've tried Freesbie and also NetBSD live cd.. it rocks!..
or maybe u can try normal installation without bootloader writing to /mbr.. maybe
u can use GRUB on floppy or any other bootloader like SBM (SmartBootmanager) on floppy and
point it to your FreeBSD slice..
p/s: pls correct me if I'm wrong
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