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Installation direct link to this section

I downloaded the memory stick image because I generally prefer to use USB sticks when burning the image files. I simply followed the commands and steps outlined in the FreeBSD documentation[1]. The installer was straightforward and I experienced no issues other than my network interface not being supported. More on this later.

Verifying the Image File direct link to this section

─$ sha256sum -c CHECKSUM.SHA256-FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64 FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img
sha256sum: FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso: No such file or directory
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso: FAILED open or read
sha256sum: FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso.xz: No such file or directory
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso.xz: FAILED open or read
sha256sum: FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso: No such file or directory
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso: FAILED open or read
sha256sum: FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso.xz: No such file or directory
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso.xz: FAILED open or read
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso: OK
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso.xz: OK
FreeBSD-13.2-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img: OK

Post-Installation direct link to this section

The BSD Documentation includes a detailed section on setting up wireless networks[2], however I couldn't figure out why my interface wasn't being recognized. I was able to get help through the FreeBSD community's channels [3] where I learned that my hardware wasn't supported. [4] I still want to try out FreeBSD in the future so I'll probably install it as a daily driver for desktop instead. Ethernet support doesn't seem to be an issue according to experienced users I talked to.

  1. FreeBSD Docs ↩︎

  2. FreeBSD FAQ ↩︎

  3. FreeBSD Community ↩︎

  4. BSD Hardware Info ↩︎