DesktopBSD Day 1 - Getting started

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A new day, a new month and a new challenge. For the next thirty days I will again plunge into the world of *BSD, this time using DesktopBSD. My aim is to write everyday about my experiences with DesktopBSD, the pros and cons, the good and the bad, the smart and the stupid.

You can download DesktopBSD from here. The download consists of two ISO files, one with DesktopBSD proper and one for the additional language packs. The version currently available is 1.6 RC 3. If you have an AMD 64 machine, it also possible to get the weekly snapshots. I only used the first disk since no other languages were needed. For practical reasons DesktopBSD will be installed in a virtual machine under Vmware server, but later this month I will attempt a real harddisk install.

Booting the CD brings up a familiar boot menu.

In the next step the boot process will attempt to find working settings for the graphical environment. It will ask you whether you accept the settings and then ask you for the proper keyboard layout.

Part 1
Part 2