I have just tried NomadBSD 1.4-RC1 . I found something that might help others.
Before installing to the hard drive, you should run your
pkg commands while running on the USB image:
The reason is that if you install to the hard drive before updating
pkg, you’ll wind up with a
pkg that refuses to run without trying to update from
pkg-1.16-3. Then when it downloads the new
pkg, it refuses to install it because
the most recent version of pkg-1.16.1 is already installed
If you upgrade
pkg before the HDD installation, your installation will complete correctly.
shutdown -r now does not work. The laptop behaves as if it received a
shutdown -h now. The only way I see to restart without provoking errors is to
shutdown -p now, then starting up fresh.
Thanks again for NomadBSD.