|PC-BSD® Live Mode|
If you wish to try out PC-BSD before installing it, download either the live DVD or live USB version. Once you have burned the downloaded file to the appropriate media, insert the DVD or USB device. Assuming your BIOS has been set to boot from that device, you should see some startup messages followed by the PC-BSD boot menu, shown in Figure 2.8a.
Figure 2.8a: PC-BSD Welcome Screen in Live Mode
This screen provides the following options:
1. Boot [default]:
2. Booth with ACPI enabled:
3. Boot in Safe Mode:
4. Boot with verbose logging:
5. Boot to emergency console:
6. Boot with X in VESA mode:
7. Eacape to loader prompt:
NOTE: like any live DVD, the amount of installed memory will affect the time it takes the operating system to load and how responsive the system is once loaded. Also, live mode provides very little storage, meaning that you should not install applications or save files within this mode. Live mode is meant to provide an environment for testing hardware and to see if you like PC-BSD. If you do, you should consider installing PC-BSD either onto the computer's hard drive or into a virtual environment such as VirtualBox. For your convenience, an "Install PC-BSD" icon is included on the live mode desktop.
If you wish to leave live mode, click the red flame in the lower left corner -> Leave -> Logout. When prompted, type exit to reboot the system.