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Things look quiet here. But I've been doing a lot of blogging at dan.langille.org because I prefer WordPress now. Not all my posts there are FreeBSD related. I am in the midst of migrating The FreeBSD Diary over to WordPress (and you can read about that here). Once the migration is completed, I'll move the FreeBSD posts into the new FreeBSD Diary website.

Installation
This article will hopefully contain everything you need to know about installing FreeBSD.  Or at least contain a reference to it.  This document doesn't show you how to install FreeBSD.  Rather, shows you the information you need for the installation.  Once you've had a look at this stuff.  You should then be able to do the actual installation.
FreeBSD Installation Previews
http://www.freebsd.org/~rpratt/ is simply *the* best place to start.  If you have never installed FreeBSD, I recommend that you go through these pages and see the actual process.  Randy Pratt has gone to considerable work to document what you will see and what to do at each step.  It is far more detailed than anything I have done.

Randy provides Install Preview for FreeBSD 3.1 and Install Preview for FreeBSD 2.2.7.  Use the one most appropriate for the version of FreeBSD you want to install.

Creating Boot Floppies
This is often a confusing exercise.  And I've had to make them more than once.   So here's how I did it.
FreeBSD Handbook
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/ contains more information than you will ever need.  If you're installing or upgrading, read this first before you do anything else.