Install NetBSD from USB stick

Since NetBSD 5.1, a special image is generated for i386 and amd64 architecture. This is called “memstick”.

Look at your nearest mirror, in a directory called /pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-5.1/memstick. You’ll find fs.gz image file. Grab the one you want and unzip it. Plug you USB key and issue commands that, from Mac OS X, would look like:

# diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3
# dd if=i386memstick-5.1.fs of=/dev/disk3 bs=1m
# diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3

Insert the USB key in the laptop and boot from it.

That’s All Folks!