freebsd, netbsd and openbsd accessibility?

Brian Buhrow buhrow at
Mon Mar 7 03:50:46 EST 2011

	Hello.  I use NetBSD on many different boxes, as wel as FreeBSD, and I
find it to be quite accessible.  For installation, I use the iso image that
boots using a serial console.  Once booted and loaded on the hard drive, I
enable sshd and a serial console on those machines that have  serial ports.
ON those that don't, I enable sshd and made a special flash key with NetBSD
that allows me to ssh into a "live" image of the OS for machine repair.
	For my laptop and desktop workstations, I use yasr in conjunction with
Eflite to give myself an accessible terminal.
	I've been using NetBSD in various capacities since 1993 and as my main
talking machine since 2007.
	If you want to chat with me about this off-list, feel free to mail me
and we can either exchange e-mail or talk on the phone.
On Mar 6, 11:35pm, Gregory Nowak wrote:
} Subject: Re: freebsd, netbsd and openbsd accessibility?
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} On Sun, Mar 06, 2011 at 08:46:55PM -0700, Littlefield, Tyler wrote:
} > I was curious what you all used in order to make bsd accessible? Do any  
} > of you use this frequently? Are there good ways to do the installation?
} I've only used netbsd, though the same should be doable with all the
} bsds. I did the install via a serial console. I remember I had to edit
} /etc/rc.conf I think it was to enable a ssh console, and I remember
} that getting that done wasn't straight forward, though the details
} escape me now, perhaps the newest installers give you the option of
} enabling ssh. As for everyday use, I simply sshed into the netbsd box
} from another linux box with speakup. As you can probably tell, I don't
} use netbsd anymore these days, since I don't have the need for it, and
} didn't feel like maintaining that installation anymore. I have been
} wanting to try freebsd next, just haven't had the time for it. For
} that matter, open solaris is on my list too.
} Greg
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