Install OpenBSD from USB stick
Today, I feel like testing OpenBSD again. I want to see how it works as a workstation. So I’m gonna run a 4.9 (snapshot) on a Asus EeePC 901.
AFAIK, OpenBSD doesn’t provide official bootable USB stuff. I tried burning the
iso files on the USB stick but it wouldn’t boot… surprise! Then I
unetbootin which, of course, doesn’t support OpenBSD… Success
came using a virtualisation software to install a minimal OpenBSD system on the
USB stick and (re)run the install from there.
I used VMware Fusion but it would probably work with any other virtualisation
software that can grab an external USB device. So I created a disk-less virtual
machine and used
cd49.iso as a virtual CD. While the bootloader was waiting
for orders, I attached the USB stick to the virtual machine and waited for the
OpenBSD installation to proceed. Nothing special here ; run the install, format
the USB stick and install the files. I only installed the
files on the stick. Hence, the OpenBSD installation tool asked me “Are you
*SURE* your install is complete without ‘base49.tgz’?”. Which I was. At the
end of the installation, shut the VM down and stick the USB key in the machine
to be installed.
Power the machine on and, when the OpenBSD boot loader appear, enter
bsd.rd”. This will launch the installation process from the USB
installation. Run the OpenBSD installation as usual. Nothing special here ;
just follow the white rabbit
The installation went smoothly and OpenBSD seem to run quite well on this machine. Lately, I’ll write a bit of review on using OpenBSD as a workstation on this little box.
[UPDATE 23/04/2011]: woops, there seem to be a problem with the ath0 card… I can’t connect to any wireless network…
That’s All Folks!