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The installation files for PC-BSD can be downloaded for free and come with an .iso or .img file extension. Depending upon the type of file you choose, the size will vary between ~200MB and ~4GB. This section will show you how to select which file to download, how to verify the download, and how to burn the file to media.
 
The installation files for PC-BSD can be downloaded for free and come with an .iso or .img file extension. Depending upon the type of file you choose, the size will vary between ~200MB and ~4GB. This section will show you how to select which file to download, how to verify the download, and how to burn the file to media.
  

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The installation files for PC-BSD can be downloaded for free and come with an .iso or .img file extension. Depending upon the type of file you choose, the size will vary between ~200MB and ~4GB. This section will show you how to select which file to download, how to verify the download, and how to burn the file to media.

If you have a slow download connection or wish to support the PC-BSD project financially, you can purchase PC-BSD DVDs from the FreeBSD Mall.

Members of the PC-BSD project attend many IT conferences across the globe and give out PC-BSD DVDs at conference booths. Visiting a PC-BSD booth is an excellent way to meet other PC-BSD users and to get your questions answered. Check the PC-BSD website to see if any Upcoming Events are happening near you. If you are organizing a PC-BSD booth, contact us to arrange for DVDs.

When you go to the Download page of the PC-BSD website, you will find a number of files available for download:

  • DVD (requires a DVD burner)
  • USB Flash (requires a USB memory stick or flash card)
  • Boot-Only CD (requires a network connection during the install)
  • Boot-Only USB (requires a USB memory stick or flash card and a network connection during the install)

There are two versions available for each type of file: one for 32 bit (i386) systems and one for 64 bit systems. It is important that you download a file that is appropriate for your computer's architecture (32 or 64 bit).

Note: If you plan to use VirtualBox to install PC-BSD, you can install the 32-bit version, even if your computer is 64-bit. Depending upon your processor's capabilities, you may or may not be able to install the 64-bit version on a 64-bit system using VirtualBox.

Data Integrity Check

After downloading the file that is correct for your architecture and installation type, it is a good idea to check that the file is exactly the same as the one on the PC-BSD server. While downloading, some bits and bytes may get "damaged" or lost, making the installation file unusable. Each PC-BSD download has an associated MD5 checksum which is listed next to the download link. If the checksum of the file you downloaded has the same number, your download was successful. If the MD5 numbers don't match, you should download the file again, preferably from a different mirror. In order to verify the checksum, you will need to use a checksum verification utility.

If you are currently using a Windows system, you can download and install the FastSum utility. Once installed, launch the program and click the Files button, shown in Figure 2.6.1a, to browse to the location of your downloaded file:

Figure 2.6.1a: Verifying a Checksum Using FastSum

Fastsum1a.png

Once the file is selected, click the green arrow to calculate the checksum. Once calculated, it will be listed in the Checksum\State column. In this example, the checksum is 59182842F308CE14B66FB437159B05F7.

On Linux and BSD systems you can use the built-in md5 command line tool to check the data integrity of the downloaded file. In this example, the file is located in the Downloads subdirectory of user1's home (~) directory. You should substitute the name and location of the file that you downloaded:

md5 ~/Downloads/PCBSD8.2-BETA1-x86-DVD.iso 
MD5 (Desktop/PCBSD8.2-BETA1-x86-DVD.iso) = 59182842f308ce14b66fb437159b05f7