Optimized for maximum boot speed and read-only filesystem operation (especially for usb drives and other flash memory cards).
DISCLAIMER : As always, use this tutorial at your own risk!
Hardware used for this howto :
Mini-ITX motherboard with Pentium-M 1.5GHz (centrino)
512M DDR ram
Integrated graphics, sound and ethernet.
8G Compact Flash card with IDE-CF adapter.
Goal of this tutorial
FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE (i386)
Minimal desktop for web browsing, email, video, music playing…
- 512Mb RAM
- 8.0Gb Hard disk
Official support pages
Guide updated 07/17/2012 : some mistakes corrected!
Netinstall and a lightweight desktop
I recently got an old iMac G3 and felt the need to replace the crappy existing MacOS 9 system with my favorite system : Linux of course!
After a mandatory RAM upgrade (from stock 64M to 512M), I found that the CD drive is extremely picky/worn-out and wouldn’t boot any burned install CDs…
But that’s not enough to stop me, since those iMac models support booting from the network.
I first tried to netboot Debian Squeeze on it, but there were some issues (yaboot started but couldn’t load the kernel).
After some research, it appears that Ubuntu has an updated netinstall iso which just works!
A quick and dirty way to recycle an older computer with a wifi adapter.
Adapted from original HowTo (Thanks Matt!) at :