Lehmanns Linuxtag 2-DVD includes a *BSD-DVD (or: how to make a *BSD bootable DVD) (Updated)
will produce the DVD with the proceedings for the german
which is said to be the biggest event about Linux
and Open Source in Europe.
The interesting news is, that the DVD is actually a double-DVD,
and that the second one contains four BSD distributions for
installation: NetBSD, FreeBSD, DragonflyBSD, and OpenBSD.
The DVD is bootable, and a boot selector (kudos to Oliver
Fromme!) allows selecting which operating system to boot.
For NetBSD, the CD can not only be booted on i386 systems,
but there's are also 64bit (amd64) install sets and packages
available on the CD.
The double-DVD can be
ordered online at the JF Lehmanns bookshop
for 7,50EUR for a limited time, and 10EUR later on.
I took the NetBSD-part for making the BSD-DVD, and working
with Oliver Fromme to make a bootable DVD for several
operating systems was pretty interesting: First I suggested
using GRUB, but that can only boot NetBSD kernels and no
OpenBSD and FreeBSD. As each operating system did provide a
ISO9660 (CD)-bootblock, Oliver wrote a new CD-bootloader
that allowed selecting which of the CD-Bootloaders stored
in files on the CD to boot. That way, selecting the FreeBSD,
NetBSD and OpenBSD CD-bootloader was a breeze.
For NetBSD, actually several copies of bootxx_cd9660 were
made that then booted different 2nd stage bootloaders (/boot),
which in turn booted different kernels: i386/INSTALL,
i386/INSTALL_LAPTOP, i386/INSTALL_TINY and amd64/INSTALL.
Update: English-language visitors can order the CD
by finding the "Add to cart"-link on the Lehmanns page,
the ordering process will be in english then.
[Tags: cd, lehmanns, linuxtag]