Questions on FreeBSD today
max at love2party.net
Wed Jul 9 14:11:16 UTC 2008
On Wednesday 09 July 2008 12:04:42 Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
> I've been away from FreeBSD for a few years -- I briefly gave
> 7.0-CURRENT a spin last year, on an old laptop, but didn't
> stick with it. However, I'll likely be getting a new laptop soon
> and I'm tired of linux (and especially tired of Ubuntu, which
> thinks it's smarter than me.)
> So I'm seriously considering FreeBSD 7. On the plus side, I've
> done quite a lot of C programming (though not system-level)
> since I last used FreeBSD, so I can try some hackery if I need to.
> On the minus side, I don't want to spend all my time fixing ports
> or patching device drivers -- I'd rather have a system that just
> works, and lets me focus on my work. Anyway, I have a few
> 1. My biggest peeve was the tendency to crash when pulling
> out USB memory sticks (especially if they were mounted,
> but sometimes even if they were unmounted). Kris Kennaway
> told me in a private mail that this has been fixed in 8-CURRENT.
> Is that so, and has it been MFC'd?
No idea, sorry.
> 2. Can I run 32-bit linux binaries (like Adobe Reader) on a 64-bit
> FreeBSD setup?
> 3. How good is Wine on FreeBSD? Can I expect it to be almost
> as good as Wine on Linux?
There is some ongoing effort from pcbsd.org to improve wine support.
AFAIK, it's pretty decent already.
> 4. Is UFS/gjournal at least as reliable as, say, ext3? I don't
> want long fsck's every time I shutdown uncleanly.
If you are going to run amd64 and have 1gb+ of ram, zfs is your friend!
But UFS+gjournal works really well, too. I doubt, however, that you will
really need a journal on a Laptop with <500GB HDD.
> 5. Do linux binaries that require ALSA (eg, flash plugin 9/10)
Flash is a PITA, but sound support is not the problem.
> 6. Can I run Windows Vista (likely to be preinstalled -- no
> choice) under Xen or qemu?
AFAIK, we don't support Xen dom0 yet. qemu should work, but that's a
question for somebody who knows their windows.
> 7. How good is power management, in particular cpufreq
> and ACPI suspend-to-RAM? (I suppose the answer depends
> on the laptop model.)
cpufreq is well-supported, though you might encounter problems with the
newest CPU families. Everything else is a WIP and you shouldn't expect
anything to work out of the box, sorry.
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