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LibertyBSD 5.9 installation guide

1. Create the installation media

Create a bootable CD

You need to download install59.iso. Optionally, verify it. Then, burn it to a CD.

If you do not know how to burn the image to a CD, see Debian's guides for Unix, Windows and OSX.

Create a bootable USB

You need to download install59.fs. Optionally, verify it. Then, use dd to install the file onto a USB stick. Anything on the USB stick will be deleted, so make sure to save anything important.

The exact command needed to do this varies between Unices, and there is the potential for data loss if done incorrectly. Also, if you just copy the file onto the USB stick, it won't work.

On Debian, the command is:

$ dd if=install59.fs of=/dev/name-of-your-usb

(You might need to be root for this to work.)

To prevent dataloss, the most important things to get right are:

2. Booting from your newly created media

If you have a relatively new computer (e.g. any computer that came with Windows 8 or higher preinstalled), you will need to disable UEFI booting and switch to legacy mode. The method varies depending on your brand of computer, but this simple guide covers most of them.

After that, you will need to boot from CD or USB. This is done using your computer's BIOS. Often, you will need to press a button such as F12, ESC or TAB as your computer is starting to select this option. Look for clues on how to do this; if you cannot find any, use trial and error with random keys on your keyboard until you succeed.

3. Answering the installation questions

If all has gone well, you should now be faced with a text-based installer. Answer its questions, using this guide to help you if you get stuck.

You will receive a notice saying that the files could not be verified. Ignore it, and continue with the installation. You can't verify LibertyBSD from within the installer, but you can verify it before the install as described in Step 1.

Once you're done, congratulations! You have successfully installed LibertyBSD.

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