Hello, I have been trying to get NetBSD installed on an older laptop I've acquired to learn on. My interest is OS Development, and it looks like NetBSD is a great place for it after watching a video of Andy Tanenbaum give a lecture on OS research in NetBSD. I have tried the installation images several ways and have come across the following problems.
- Burning the ISO to a disc, the CD boots up to a screen I can't even read and is way out of resolution.
- NetBSD-9.1 img file to USB for AMD64, Boots into a sort of boot menu where it gives the option to boot normally (start the NetBSD kernel and installer) or drop down into a boot menu. When the option to start normally is selected, some numbers begin to load and then it freezes.
- Tried the NetBSD-9.1-uefi img file to a USB and got the same result as 2.
For the CD, I did burn using a fedora liveCD and wodim. For the USBs sticks, I downloaded the images on my Macbook and did the following to burn the image to the USB stick
sudo dd if=NetBSD-9.1-uefi.rest.of.image.name of = /dev/disk2 bs=1m
The hardware is a Macbook 2,1 (2007). It is a little bit of an odd ball. All the documenation states 64-bit CPU, but only supports EFI in 32-bit.
I have successfully installed OpenBSD on the machine from CD. However, the wifi on OpenBSD was troublesome with dropping aftering being connected a few minutes and only recoverable after reboot.
My experience has been mostly with FreeBSD and a little bit with Open, but mostly for the past 14 years on Linux. Also looking at making the change from a Linux dominant home to a BSD dominant home.