questions to decide
Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P.
kdk at daleco.biz
Tue Nov 25 08:32:02 PST 2003
Jerry McAllister wrote:
>>Hello, I want to install a new operating system in to my new notebook.
>>I don't want to install any microsoft operating system, and I was asking
>>myself what operating system could I install, but I'm not sure now.
>Well, on this list people are going to (wisely) tell you to
>>Well, some of my friends told me that I have to install Linux, but the
>>opinions are so fragmented. Some of my friends told me that I have to
>>use Red Hat, others that I have to try SuSE, others Debian, and some
>>fiends told me about use Mandrake...
>More reason to try FreeBSD. There will be some learning effort, but
>in the end you will be happiest.
>>... Some deleted
>>Anyway I'm so much confused, because the only I want is install an operating
>>system that support my notebook's hardware.
>>AMD processor, Broadband network card, pcmcia and network pcmcia card
>>conceptronic, ATI Radeon IGP card, USB, serial and parallel ports...
>>iee ports... and all new hardware, but I can't found some drivers in
>>one or another distribution, and sometimes, in all distro...
>>I would like If you can tell me if I can install freeBSD 5.1 or newer to
>>support full features of my notebook.
>If you are new to FreeBSD and if all the things you need are supported
>by FreeBSD 4.9, that would be the recommended way to go. It is the
>production release. Only go to 5.1 for now if you really need it to get
>support of some of your system. The 5.1 version is still a development
>version, still a little unready for complete release, though it is getting
>pretty good and will handle almost everything reliably.
>If you go to the FreeBSD home page at:
>Then click on the 'Hardware Notes' item under 'Production Release 4.9'
>and after that click on 'i386' on the next page.
>You will get a long list of the hardware supported by the 4.9 release.
>Some things have multiple names and/or a vendor may OEM the device - sell
>something built by another company, but put their own name on it. In that
>case, usually you have to find out who really built the device and look
>for that in the list because they don't always have all the names vendors
>put on the essentially same product.
You might also try the freebsd-mobile list.
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