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I would like to install NanoBSD on a flashdrive, I'm on a Linux Machine and don't have an extra machine around. I'm very used to Linux but I'd like to try out NanoBSD on a headless machine of mine. I've read the official documentation but can't figure out how to do it. If someone can perhaps point me to a very step by step tutorial (that a Linux person would understand), I thought it could probably work if I install it to the hardrive of the virtualmachine and use clonezilla to put it on a usb flashdrive. Also :more info: I'd like to have it configured with a static ip and have sshd start up at boot time, or atleast be able to connect via serial port. I've tried pfsense, but I'm specifically looking for nanobsd , not the pfsense version which seems to be aimed more at building routers.

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You'll have to generate a NanoBSD image from a FreeBSD machine. It can't be done from Linux. But it can be done from a virtual machine running FreeBSD.

As explained in the NanoBSD HOWTO, the nanobsd.sh script creates an image file called _.disk.full. If you are running FreeBSD on a virtual machine, you'll have to copy the image file to your real machine. (How to do that depends on the virtualization program you're using.) Then you can use dd to transfer it to a flash device.

But if both the Linux machine and the headless machine have serial ports, you can connect them using a null modem cable, and just install a regular FreeBSD from the serial console. That would be much less complicated.

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