NomadBSD is a persistant live system for flash drives, based on FreeBSD.
Requirements for building the image
A recent FreeBSD system with at least 40GB free disk space. The build machine's major FreeBSD version must be >= the base system's major version of the image you want to build. If you're building the image on a system with ZFS, the build might fail due to a problem with the size calculation for the root file system. It's best to run a FreeBSD system with UFS in a virtual machine for the build.
Requirements for running NomadBSD
- A >= 5GB flash drive
- A (amd64/i386) system with a 1.2GHz CPU and 1G of RAM should be able to run NomadBSD decently.
Building the image
By default, the build script builds a 64-bit (amd64) image. For a 32-bit (i386)
image, or a Mac image set
ARCH=mac accordingly in
ARCH can also be defined via the
# ./build all
If something went wrong, you can resume the build after locating and fixing the problem that caused the build to stop.
# ./build resume
Writing the image to an USB memory stick
# dd if=nomadbsd.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1M conv=sync
Ready to use image
Visit http://nomadbsd.org to download the recent image.