Running Arch Linux using OpenBSD vmd(8)

I had difficulties running Linux as a virtual machine using OpenBSD vmd(8). Ubuntu LTS crashed during installation wizard, Debian 9 does not seem to ship with virtio drivers, Alpine randomly freezes the console and Slackware … well slack has not been updated in years. Arch Linux seems to run well. And as I didn’t find a complete guide to install and run it using OpenBSD vmd(8), here are my notes.

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Install Windows 7 from a USB stick

On my netbooks, I have to install (too often) Windows 7 from the USB port. I usually use the “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” but today it just didn’t want to build the USB stick properly.

Here’s the manual way to prepare a USB stick that allows installing Windows 7. The directions worked from a Windows 7 virtual machine running on my Mac.

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Install FreeBSD from remote SSH session

I’m actually playing with a FreeBSD virtual instance on ESXi. I’m accessing the console from VMware vSphere client, running in a remote Windows XP instance that I access using TSE from my MacBook… A nice feature I saw on Debian is SSH remote installation.

Here’s how to install FreeBSD using a remote SSH connection.
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Automatic WordPress installation

Here’s a quick trick that allows automatic installation of WordPress on an HTTP server.

The normal process is: browse to wordpress.com, grab the archive locally, upload to your server, unzip and run the installer. Sometimes, you even have to unzip locally and then upload the whole sets of files to the server.

The automatic process can be done using Instant Install.
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Boot Mac mini G4 from USB

Don’t know why but my Tiger’s DVD won’t load in my Mac mini PowerPC G4… Hopefully, I can read it from another DVD drive, namely my MacBook Pro’s one. Here’s how I booted the mini from a USB key to reinstall Mac OS X.
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