Burning the installation DVD

We could use your help on the Burning the installation DVD section of the PC-BSD Users Handbook. If you use graphical burning software on Windows, Unix/BSD/Linux, or Mac OS X, please let us know if any of the screenshots are out of date or if we are missing a popular (and preferably, freely available) burning application. We want the burning process to be as easy as possible for new users.

If you find an out of date screenshot for an application you use, please send an updated png. To prevent us from inadvertently using copyrighted images, indicate that you took the screenshot from your own system and that you give us permission to include it in the Handbook.

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Comments (12)

  • Ed (ews)
    August 9, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    The selection of ISO-burning tools seems adequate, given how easy this info is to come by on the web.

    It would be nice to see the section on making a bootable USB key expanded (for Windows, especially) and made bulletproof. It can still be a tricky area to track down reliable instructions.

    This tool seems to have made it relatively straightforward:
    and it runs in Windows and Linux (not sure about PC-BSD, no time to experiment).

    If it works with PC-BSD images, then perhaps PC-BSD could be added to the list of distributions that unetbootin knows about and can download the ISO for (if it’s not already there).

    • August 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

      Thanks for the pointers, Ed. Have you done this before and/or do you have access to a Windows system? Perhaps you can help us to improve this section?

  • Venky
    August 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm |

    When does PC-BSD plan to support UVC based webcams. I am not sure if PC-BSD can call itself a modern desktop OS without having wide support for webcams, what say?

    • August 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
      8.1 does include webcamd. We definitely need to get this documented in the wiki and get a GUI interface for it (as it is currently command line). Please let us know if your particular device is not supported–webcamd is pretty new for FreeBSD and could use more testers.

      • August 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

        WordPress mangling URLs in comments is REALLY irritating. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • August 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm |

    Testing, what’s wrong with URLs?


  • August 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm |

    Well, everything there looks OK. 🙂

  • August 10, 2010 at 3:44 am |

    8.1 has what?

  • aphid69
    August 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    Regarding the “Burning the Installation DVD” section of the online PC-BSD Handbook, I suggest changing the example burning tool for Gnome from GnomeBaker to Brasero. Brasero is the current (and recent, afaik) shipping tool. Brasero’s ease of use and quality of work equals the Windows tool, ImgBurn, IMHO, while offering greater flexibility.

    I’ll send a couple of screenshots along.

    Keep up the great work!

    • August 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |

      Great! Screenshots are much appreciated.

      • aphid69
        August 23, 2010 at 6:42 am |

        Correction: I didn’t properly edit my original post–while Brasero is very easy to use, and I’ve had zero problems w/ discs burned using Brasero, I don’t believe it offers quite the flexibility or completeness of ImgBurn on Windows. And ImgBurn verifies disks following burn.

        • August 23, 2010 at 7:21 am |

          Thanks for the clarification.

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