Some notes about the new FreeBSD installation.

– A newer simpler partitioning method called GPT – GUID Partitioning Table supports 128 Partitions per disk compared to MBR that supports a whopping 4! We’ll use GPT
– Get this image: ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/i386/ISO-IMAGES/9.0/FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img– Image it to a USB drive like this: #dd if=FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img of=/dev/da0 bs=64k
– Be careful with the destination partition /dev/da0. If you make a mistake you could destroy a drive
– Boot the target computer (In my case a nice little Zotac ZBox)
“boot error”
– Great. How do you troubleshoot that?
– Anyhow, found a tool called win32diskimager-v0.7 for windows (I know, I know) and Imaged the .IMG file above to a 16GB USB drive which worked.
– Install continued without error, details here: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/bsdinstall-final-warning.html
– Yay! Now to configure!
– portsnap fetch update – updates your /usr/ports directory with the latest port files
– Fetching 535 patches. Applying patches… done. /usr/ports was not created by portsnap
– you must run ‘portsnap extract’ before running ‘portsnap update’. Did so. Looks like it ran through every single dir in /usr/ports doing something. lol. hope it’s good
– Added DNS A record pointing clams.tv to my IP Address, removed their A record, “parked” domain in cPanel. Now points clams.tv to my web server (locked down FreeBSD server)
– Installed apache22, setup /etc/rc.conf to enable apache22, created webroot at /usr/local/apache/www/webroot
– For email I’m going to try out roundcube. It’s a nice web-enabled mail handler for FreeBSD.

Check this out:
Dell D630, just a few commands to build out xorg and gnome2
– Install BSD from USB Drive
– make install clean from xorg
– pkg_add -r -f gnome2 installed flawlessly.
– Added gdm_enable=”YES” to /etc/rc.conf
– rebooted and viola! Beautiful gnome2 desktop.
– Wow! Kudos FreeBSD!
even wireless worked during install screen. wow!