Michael A. Smith
msmith at code-fu.com
Tue Nov 18 19:06:22 PST 2003
> I am patiently saving money to purchase a laptop, hopefully by the end
> of this year. I would like to know if there are any laptop
> manufacturers that specificially support BSD, and by supporting they
> choose specific default hardware configurations that will give the
> least problems on BSD.
I have a bottom-of-the-line Sony Vaio (PCG-FX101). I got it new a few
years ago (it's a Celeron 600). I installed FreeBSD on it the day I
brought it home and it's been great.
It was the cheapest Vaio I could get, and doesn't have too many bells
and whistles (no memory stick, but it's got UBS and FireWire, etc...).
Video was never a problem. Sound was supported in the FreeBSD version
released just after I bought it. I'm running 4.9-STABLE on it now and
everything's supported but the modem (it sees the FireWire bus, but I've
never used it).
I'd suggest looking for slightly older hardware -- stuff that's in the
middle of the price range or lower. It has a better chance of being
supported, and is cheaper. I'd definitely recommend my Vaio.
Michael A. Smith <msmith at code-fu.com>
Programmer at Large
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