On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 09:56:56PM -0600, Steven Susbauer wrote:
> Jerry McAllister wrote:
>>>      Maybe I am wrong, but I feel it shouldn't be necessary to waste 
>>> 3 CDs
>>>    from installation if I have a high-speed permanent Internet  
>>> connection.
>>> So
>>> wouldn't just 1 DVD-RW do?
>> Basically, you are wrong, because you haven't looked far enough in to
>> things to know that FreeBSD has done it that way from the beginning
>> (or almost that far back).    I have never done a complete install from
>> a CD or DVD, but just acquired the first disk, booted the install 
>> program and then done the install over the net.   I've been doing that 
>> for more than 10 years and am far from being an early adopter.   Others 
>> have
>> done so much longer.
>> But, some people are [still] not in the positition to be able to do  
>> installs over the net.   Their service is inadequate or, in some
>> cases they are not even connected, so the whole system is made available
>> to them on disk as well.
>> Actually, I believe, if you are doing just the FreeBSD install, and
>> not at the same time installing some of the ports, it is still layed
>> out to need only the first CD even if you are not installing over the 
>> net.   But, I haven't checked recent versions.  The other CDs contain 
>> the sources for various ports and some special case things.
>> ////jerry
> This is still the behavior. You can install any of the base
> distributions for that release with only disc 1, as well as some of the
> ports. I have had issues booting the netinstall cds for some reason, and
> installing the distribution from the cd goes faster anyway.

Just make sure that if you choose "src" or "ports", that you properly
"adopt" your src and ports trees.  (This is why I often advocate not
installing src/ports from CD/DVD/FTP/whatever, and instead using
csup once the box is up and working).

| Jeremy Chadwick                                jdc at parodius.com |
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