Jason P. Thomas
jthomasp at gmualumni.org
Mon Mar 24 03:43:18 PDT 2008
Joe Demeny wrote:
> I need to get a budget-priced laptop, such as one of these:
> Does anyone have experience with these?
> Any suggestions for other comparable choices?
From personal experience, getting a laptop to work under FreeBSD (or
even Linux) is a hair pulling experience. It took me about six months
of tinkering off and on to get a Broadcom(yuck!) wifi adapter to work in
my HP laptop last year. In the interim, I found a work around that was
about $30. I purchased a usb wifi adapter that used the rum driver. At
the time, I had to run -current to get that particular driver, but I
never had a problem with the computer or the adapter under -current.
The most headaches I've gotten with laptops have always involved the
wifi cards. Consequently, every laptop I've installed FreeBSD and Linux
on had a Broadcom(yuck!) wifi chipset. Everything else has been well
supported, graphics, sound, power management, pointing devices, and usb
devices. I even managed to use FreeBSD to connect to the robots I had
to use in one of my master's classes last year. That was pleasantly
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