On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 11:27:51AM +0100, Arne Engų wrote: > I have been using FreeBSD earlier, but am new to the 5.0-Release. > The boot.flp image seems to be twice the size of an ordinary floppy, while the other > four images in the floppies-directory fits on exactly one disk each. What are the > BOOT.FLP disk for ? How is it to be used, and how do I use it on a 1.44 - floppy > disk drive system ??? I would appreciate a speedy reply, as I'm trying to set up a > new system with Freebsd 5.0-release.
You don't use boot.flp with a 1.44Mb floppy drive. You can use boot.flp with a 2.88Mb floppy drive, but relatively few people have one of those. You can also use it to build certain styles of bootable CD Rom -- although I think even that use is verging on the obsolete nowadays. Instead of boot.flp, use kern.flp and mfsroot.flp -- those contain exactly the same contents as boot.flp but conveniently divided up into disk sized pieces. Oh -- why on earth are you trying to install 5.0-RELEASE when 5.1-RELEASE is available? Or even better why not try one of the 5.2-BETA images (if you can't afford to wait a few days until 5.2-RELEASE comes out)? Seriously: the 5.x series so far is a technology preview: meaning lots of new and untested code that still has significant bugs to work out. Each new release in the 5.x series is a significant improvement on the previous one. If your aim is a conservative choice of version -- one that's been around a while and been thoroughly debugged and is properly stable -- then you want 4.9-RELEASE. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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