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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Making Boot Media

We’ll cover booting the OpenBSD installer from a CD or floppy disk. Generally, booting via CD is preferable because all amd64 systems can boot from CD, as can most functioning i386 systems. We’ll start by making floppies for installation on old i386 hardware and then move on to CDs. While installing from USB and into virtual systems is possible, neither is supported. We’ll cover both of those installation types later in the book, in Chapter 23.

Making Boot Floppies

You need to make boot floppies only if your hardware does not boot from CD, or if you have a floppy but not a CD drive. The OpenBSD boot floppies contain a very limited subset of OpenBSD—just enough to recognize your hardware, format your disk, and download and ...

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