[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Virtual Machine images

Glen Barber gjb at FreeBSD.org
Fri May 31 12:05:29 UTC 2013

I am happy to announce the availablilty of pre-installed VM images for
the FreeBSD head/ branch.

Images are available for the amd64 and i386 architectures, and can be
downloaded from the FreeBSD FTP site, including most mirrors:


Images are planned to be generated at the same 1-week interval as
installer snapshots.  VM images for stable/9 are not yet available, but
are a work in progress.

Technical details:

 o VM hard disk image formats available are QCOW2 (qemu) and VMDK
   (VirtualBox and VMWare)

 o The VM disk images are approximately 750Mb uncompressed, and 10Gb
   when attached to a VM.  File size of the raw disk image will grow as
   data is written to the virtual device.

 o The partition layout is:

   - 512k - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
   - 1Gb  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
   - ~8Gb - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type  (rootfs UFS label)

Those interested are encouraged to subscribe to the freebsd-snapshots
announcement list for relevant updates and/or notices regarding these
VM images:




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