Installation on the DockStar requires SSH access. Some firmware versions have it enabled by default, accessible with root/stxadmin. 2.1.2, the newest update as of this writing, has SSH disabled. You can turn it on in the Security section of the control panel.
Update the Bootloader
Unlike the Sheevaplug and other Kirkwood hardware, the DockStar has a crippled bootloader. Luckily, Jeff Doozan maintains a replacement. Install it.
The default setup will attempt to load a Linux kernel image from USB. Change it to search for FreeBSD’s kernel.bin.
With this setup, the DockStar will search the first five mass storage devices
for a FAT partition containing
kernel.bin. If no kernels are found, it will
boot the stock firmware.
Reboot with your FreeBSD drive inserted. If all goes well, you will have SSH access with root/root.
Set a root password immediately with
Add a normal user account for yourself with
adduser. When asked, add your user to the wheel
group. Consider disabling root SSH access in
Set the timezone with
Lastly, set up mail aliases.