> > Dear Sir or Madam, > > I'm interested in using FreeBSD as part of rearrengement of my professional > skills. > I'm currently studing Linux but I'd like to feel a bit of a true UNIX system. > > I noticed FreeBSD is presented in a 4 CD set case by FreeBSD Mall, for example. > However, the download options are different. > I supose the minimum I might download is: > 4.8-RELEASE-i386-disk1.iso (610.4MB) > 4.8-RELEASE-i386-disk2.iso (259.1MB) > > What is in fact the other 2 files? I.e.: > 4.8-RELEASE-i386-mini.iso (199.6MB) and > CHECKSUM.MD5 (203 bytes) > > Do I need them too?
You need either the mini-iso or disk1.iso at the minimum. I normally just use the mini-iso, but then I have a fast and reliable network connection. The disk1 + disk2 set contain a whole system plus some of the most popular ports. You can build a whole system from those two without downloading anything. Disk1 contains the installation system which you boot from plus the OS. Disk2 contains some more utilities and ports. I believe the other two disks in the set from FreeBSD Mall and some other vendors contain additional ports. If your network connection is slow or unreliable you will want to get these and install completely from CD. But, if you have a good network connection with reasonable speed - at least ISDN or DSL or cable modem or better - then just use the mini-iso. (Or you could do this from disk1 or the set) It contains the installation system. You boot from the mini-iso CD (or disk1) and the install program collects all the info for configuration and builds your disk and then asks about where to load the system. You pick one of the ftp sites and it goes out and downloads everything else it needs including the ports skeleton (providing you tell it you want the whole ports tree). So, either way works. The file named CHECKSUM.MD5 contains the checksums for the mini.iso, disk1.iso and disk2.iso files. You can use it to add some assurance that the downloads are correct. > > What shall be the 5.x release? What is the "new technology" you will > include in it? You need to go to the FreeBSD web site and study up on what is new for 5.x. Unless you have some odd hardware or a need to do some esoteric thing, you would not really need 5.x. If your purpose is to play around and learn stuff and you are not worrying about running a production server right away, you might just choose 5.x anyway - but be prepared for more things not quite ready for prime time. If you are a little more nervous, or need something running reliable, then stick to 4.8 or maybe 4.9 if it gets out soon enough to suit you. Check Release Engineering on the FreeBSD site and look at the schedules. > I might probably buy it (a combo promotion of 4 CD set + Handbook 2nd > edition). > However I'd like to know a bit more about it first. Well, you can find almost everything written by starting at the website, reading there and following links and then going to a search engine such as Google or Rambler and following links. That should get you all the 'more about it first' you can stand. Then buy a cd set and any/all of the books that are out or download the appropriate iso and get started. ////jerry > > Could you send me more information in order to clarify my doubts, please? > Thanks in advance for your assistance. > > Kind regards, > Bernardo > +55 41 9911-2666 > > > _______________________________________________ > [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" > _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"