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I'm a new user of NetBSD and as that I wanted to share with you what I 
experienced until I got my system running as I wanted.
First, when I wanted to download it: It was weird. It the folder structure 
seems to somehow depend on the ftp server it's on.
On most, for the final release, it's kinda direct that one lands on a page with 
all ISO and IMG files; that's fine. But there's that other confusing folder 
structure, especially if one wants to get an RC. It's nowhere described. First 
there is a folder for every architecture with a confusing subfolder structure. 
One might end up in a folder containing a "boot.iso" and a "boot-com.iso" file. 
boot.iso seems to be a boot-only iso getting all stuff from the servers during 
installation; I did not try out the boot-com.iso file. Especially, there's 
nowhere any description about them. But even worse is when one wants the 
actual installation iso file. No, it's not in the architecture folder - it's in 
the hard-to-find "images" folder hidden in the mess of architecture folders.
That definitely was confusing.
Unfortunately I had to use one of those RCs since 6.0.1 was unable to detect 
the installation media (usb and cd), which is solved in 6.1-RC2 (a bug that, 
weird enough, also is in FreeBSD 9.1 when booting from usb, but solved in 

Then, as a second thing, there's your pkgsrc system. It's a nice system like 
the other ports-like systems. BUT: If one, like a newbie does, starts with the 
"NetBSD Guide", there's hardly any information about it to be found. At least 
there should be a link to the official pkgsrc documentation at
Once again, that's a bad thing especially since BSDs are usually known for 
their good documentation.

If you've read until down here thank you, and thank you to the IRC channel 
people for helping me out so far.
Daniel Ziltener

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