Please pick an appropriate mirror to download
Quick install notes for the impatient
For more detailed installation information, see the
install notes proper.
This section contains some brief notes describing what you need to
install NetBSD 1.5.1 on an i386-architecture machine.
- Fetch the appropriate pair of boot floppy images from the installation/floppy/ directory.
Most people will need the boot1.fs and boot2.fs images, or
possibly (but not necessarily) bootlap1.fs and bootlap2.fs images if
installing on a laptop.
- The actual binary installation is in the binary/sets/ directory. When you boot
the install floppies, the installation program can fetch these
files for you (using e.g. ftp), if you have a network
There are several other methods to get the binary sets onto the
machine you install.
You will at a minimum need the base.tgz, etc.tgz sets, and one of the
kernel sets, typically kern.tgz. In a typical
workstation installation you will probably want all the
- Write the floppy images directly to a pair of floppies. These
will be used to boot the installation kernel, which contains all
the tools required to install NetBSD. If you have problems
writing a raw image to a floppy, the rawrite.exe MS-DOS
program, or the Rawrite32.exe Windows32 program (inside the rawr32.zip and/or rawr32.exe archive
files) in the installation/misc/ directory may
be of help.
- An alternative to using boot floppies and fetch the installation
sets over the network is to install using a bootable CD-ROM.
The CD-ROM image may not be available on all mirrors due to
local space constraints, but if it is available it can be found
WARNING!!! This file is 83MB large.
- For third-party programs which are not part of the base NetBSD
distribution, you will wan to explore the pkgsrc system with its
more than 2100 program packages. The pkgsrc sources is
available from ../src/sets/pkgsrc.tgz, and
pre-built binary packages may be available from ../../packages/1.5.1/i386/
(again, some mirrors may not carry the binary packages due to