New to FreeBSD
keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Wed Mar 28 09:34:49 UTC 2007
On 2007-03-26 23:09, Ivan Zenzerovi? <zenzof1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi to all.
> My name is Ivan and I'm new to FreeBSD and Unix, I worked a little in
> Linux, but it was a long time ago. I downloaded the 5.5 release and I
> plan installing it. I downloaded also all availible docs. I wondered
> if it is ok to start with this. And, also, I have an integrated GPU,
> it works well on FreeBSD?
This question was posted to the comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc newsgroup
too. 'jpd' took the time to write a fairly informative reply there:
% Date: 27 Mar 2007 03:36:37 GMT
% From: jpd <read_the_sig at do.not.spam.it.invalid>
% Subject: Re: New to FreeBSD
% Newsgroups: comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc
% Message-ID: <56rhq5F2adfdoU1 at mid.individual.net>
% Begin <2tidnbvS2btd9JXbnZ2dnUVZ_ruknZ2d at ctc.net>
% On 2007-03-27, Walter Vaughan <wvaughan at steelerubber.com> wrote:
% >> [...] I'm new to FreeBSD and Unix, I worked a little in Linux, but
% >> it was a long time ago. I downloaded the 5.5 release and I plan
% >> installing it. I downloaded also all availible docs. I wondered if it
% >> is ok to start with this.
% That is quite a lot of documentation. The handbook covers quite a lot
% of topics and is a recommended read. The installation, release, and
% hardware notes you'll also want to read at least once.
% The other handbooks and articles are useful if you're interested in
% their particular topics, of course.
% There are also one or two complete books, previously in print, now
% online, that you might want to look at. If they're not linked to on
% the FreeBSD site, they've certainly been mentioned in this group.
% >> And, also, I have an integrated GPU, it works well on FreeBSD?
% FreeBSD itself does very little on that front. The graphics are usually
% provided through the Xorg X Window System (previously the XFree86 one),
% and that works well for 2d and accelerated 2d graphics. More details
% in the Xorg documentation. Accelerated OpenGL 3d support is a sore
% point with the free software world, as most vendors won't share the
% programming specs, and if they provide binary drivers at all it is often
% only for linux.
% So, for really snazzy 3d graphics out of the box you'll have to look at
% other solutions. A commercial X server might help.
Have you actually *read* the reply of jpd to the group? Did you find it
useful? Did you find it confusing, in any way? If it was unclear, what
was it exactly that you didn't understand in his reply?
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