minimal install is too big

Murray Taylor MTaylor at
Sun Oct 7 19:08:02 PDT 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at 
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of 
> Dmitry Gorbik
> Sent: Friday, 5 October 2007 6:25 PM
> To: Tim Judd
> Cc: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: minimal install is too big
> On Thu, 4 Oct 2007 21:11:14 -0700 (PDT)
> Tim Judd <tjudd2k at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Recently, for pure entertainment and a little bit of a experience
> > thing, I have been looking and/or finding many devices that 
> have linux
> > embedded.  While in of itself the fact that it works, I'm not
> > discounting.  But I'd like to expand it or get it running 
> on a system
> > that I am familiar with.  So I was playing with the idea of using
> > FreeBSD on such devices, and I would deal with the 
> individual hardware
> > specs if I could get the general system small enough.
> > 
> > The minimal install of FreeBSD as from the developers is 
> about 130MB. 
> > I want to get something working on a 8MB flash. (For those curious,
> > it's a ethernet NAS device)
> > 
> > picobsd is discontinued, nanobsd claims it can fit in 64MB. 
>  I'd even
> > go with some NetBSD flavor, as long as it's not "linux."  I've done
> > some research and would like to see this happen, but may just end up
> > using the GPL code from Linksys to get it working as I need it to.
> > 
> > Thanks for any update/idea/clue.
> > 
> > If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
> > "I can" is a way of life.
> > More and Bigger is not always Better.
> > The road to success is always uphill.
> > 
> See livecd Frenzy - That is livecd 
> that uses compressed UFS (GEOM_ugz, if i'm not mistaken). 
> Maybe something interesting for you?

try these for ideas re small
I've used the 4.x version into 22Mb of the 32Mb CF card, but I 
left in things like vi etc., and added SNMP and GSMModem handling





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