FreeBSD. Should I buy or download?

Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. kdk at
Sun Dec 21 21:02:39 PST 2003

daniel at wrote:

>>Hi there,
>>                                    Is it best to buy a boxed FreeBSD?
>>or download it?
>Depends on your bandwidth, i stuffed the install a few times, so
>downloading the ports collection a few times was really painful.

A smart thing to do (low b/w) is skip ports via sysinstall. 
Perhaps even skip src via sysinstall.  Get a minimal install
going, use sysinstall "post config" to add the cvsup-without-gui
*package*, then let it grab src and ports for you.  Once you've got
src, you can do the buildworld/kernel stuff and get a complete system.

Took me two years to get around to thinking of it --- I'm sure
others had thought of it long before, and I'd just never read about it.

Made life easier last time I did a box via modem instead of
broadband...cvsup can pick up where it left off most of the
time.  YMMV.


Kevin Kinsey
DaleCo, S.P.

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