Installing Unix

Matias Surdi matiassurdi at
Tue May 12 16:39:51 UTC 2009

Ese Oronsaye escribió:
> Hi
> I am a newbie to Unix with no experience in installing unix operating
> system. Have been through Download Freebsd but not quite sure what I should
> download.
> What is ISO and Distribution not quite sure which I should download.
> Can anyone help me with this.
> Regards
> Ese
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Hi Oronsaye,

Welcome to the FreeBSD mailing list.

You can start by downloading a ISO from here:

The one you must download depends on the hardware you are going to 
install on. A "standard desktop PC" normally is an i386, so you should 
download in this case this file:

If you browse the FTP folder ( ) you 
will see that there are another two disc images (ISOs whose name ends in 
disc2 and disc3). You will require them also depending on the packages 
you select to install, but with  the first one you should have enought 
for a minimum installation.

Once downloaded the ISO, burn it to a CD and boot you computer from this 
CD, remember that all the data on that PC will be lost.

Another option, is to boot the iso from any virtualization software such 
as vmware or VirtualBox.

Remember that you can follow the details of the installation procedure 
and several administrative tasks on the very useful FreeBSD handbook:


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