ivoras’ FreeBSD blog

July 13, 2007

A functional LiveCD, finally

Filed under: FreeBSD — ivoras @ 10:28 am

As the rtc bug is solved, I can finally go back to what I’m supposed to do. As a proof of concept, I’ve prepared one last “plain” FreeBSD LiveCD with integrated X11 and Xfce environment, with SMP kernel, without WITNESS & INVARIANTS & without debug symbols – in other words, a fully functional system that will not be much different from when 7.0 goes into RELEASE status.

The ISO image (which is no longer available for download) contains all of FreeBSD “base” system, a recent kernel (which includes fixes to the ZFS), and a basic X11 system with Xfce 4.2 desktop environment (you can run it as root by starting “startx”). The installer is not yet integrated into the image so ignore the startup message about the “install” user, etc.

This LiveCD is mostly usable to people that need a “rescue” CD or those which need to experiment with certain aspects of 7.0 like hardware compatibility. It’s not a general-purpose “desktop” LiveCD and it has at least one critical bug, a panic in unionfs which occurs very frequently.

10 Comments

  1. [...] lotsa FreeBSD [...]

    Pingback by FreeBSD 7 live: proof of concept auf F!XMBR — July 13, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

  2. FreeBSD 7.0 LiveCD…

    Ivan Voras has done a very good job by putting together a FreeBSD 7.0 based LiveCD. The CD contains a very recent 7.0 installation + ZFS patches (usable!) and XFCE 4.2. I spent half an hour to try the LiveCD……

    Trackback by Geek Style — July 14, 2007 @ 8:13 am

  3. [...] Voras has now created a FreeBSD 7 LiveCD . This is part of his 2007 Google Summer of Code project, finstall, a graphical FreeBSD installer [...]

    Pingback by FreeBSD 7.0 LiveCD released « FreeBSD : The Power to Serve — July 19, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  4. [...] Ivan Ivoras wrote an article that presents new features that will be included in FreeBSD 7. If you want to give it a try before it’s released you can download a snapshot cd image or you can try his FreeBSD 7 live CD snapshot [...]

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  5. [...] Lo sapevate che c’è una prima pre-release di una livecd FreeBSD ? [...]

    Pingback by Sotto l’ombra degli olmi » Blog Archive » Funghetti del 22 Luglio 2007 — July 22, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

  6. I like FreeBSD

    Comment by sixshot — September 12, 2007 @ 7:08 am

  7. well, quite not bad i boot it from my compaq presario v3000 series.

    but i found the keyboard problem.. is it default keyboard is USA/ english ?
    cause when i press the Y key it is become Z and vice versa.

    do u have such problem ????????

    Comment by hackintosh — September 19, 2007 @ 3:05 am

  8. For all those wondering about the “weird” keyboard layout in X11: Yes, this is a bug (xorg.conf was brought in from my build machine). Yes, it is fixed in the newer releases.

    Comment by ivoras — September 23, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  9. the backtrack below to “FreeBSD : The Power to Serve” is wrong. It should be http://www.freebsdos.com/news/2007/12/13/freebsd-70-beta4-livecd/

    Comment by FreeBSD — January 28, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

  10. [...] Voras has now created a FreeBSD 7 LiveCD . This is part of his 2007 Google Summer of Code project, finstall, a graphical FreeBSD installer [...]

    Pingback by FreeBSD 7.0 LiveCD released | FreeBSD - the unknown Giant — June 26, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

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