The download package (2 gig) needs to be unpacked and installed on a USB stick with the simple instructions contained on the NomadBSD download page. The only hurdle to installing the 3.2 gig UFS partition image and boot setup to the disk is being confident with using "dd" and identifying the USB stick to copy the image to.
Boot the computer and select F12 to select the USB stick to boot from.
First boot finishes with a script that sets up a number of items and whether you want an encrypted home directory for user "nomad". You end up with a nice desktop to work from, right click gives you the menu. This is a desktop configured FreeBSD system that uses all the standard FreeBSD package manager and update mechanisms - brilliant!!!
I found the 3.2 gig partition too limiting so using gpart FreeBSD utility explained here: https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/disks-growing.html I installed to a spare USB HDD I had and enlarged the partition to give me more room to install what I wanted. Gpart is standard with NomadBSD so presumably you can install it to a laptop HDD in the same way and have a full laptop setup pre-configured.
Don't forget, this is 64 bit only on a UFS file system.
Loved it - a great system out of the box with capability to build what you like from it.
Version: 1.1 Rating: 1 Date: 2018-08-14 Votes: 0
I tried once only to have a problem when applying the initial setup settings to the usb stick. EGAD but when that happens you have to rewrite the image to usb again because now it refused to boot.
Rewrote to usb and tried once again. It is unable to write any changes to the usb stick. Perhaps it is trying to use EFI on my legacy computer? I don't know..
I am out of patience and my rating would be a zero if it were possible
Version: 1.1 Rating: 10 Date: 2018-07-24 Votes: 8
This is a very ambitious project, indeed. There are a ton of GNU/Linux distros floating around, but I had yet to find any FreeBSD spins with persistent data. This was the answer to my prayers. NomadBSD is loaded with a plethora of useful and highly practical programs pre-installed, and will now become a daily driver for me, carried on my Swiss Army Knife's keyring. If you're tired of distro hopping from one Debian-based distro with different wallpaper to another, have always been curious about FreeBSD (but didn't know where to begin), or are just up for a really cool OS that you can take with you, then give this one a go. 10/10.