Netbooks & BSD
mike.jeays at rogers.com
Wed Oct 20 03:16:50 UTC 2010
On October 19, 2010 10:29:46 pm Gary Kline wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 02:53:30PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> > On Tue, 19 Oct 2010, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> > >El d?a Sunday, October 17, 2010 a las 12:17:16PM -0600, Warren Block
> > >>On Sun, 17 Oct 2010, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> > >>>Any alternative netbooks outside Asus which run FreeBSD?
> > >>
> > >>Of course. The Acer Aspire models vary, but the D250 is nice.
> > >
> > >Just to make sure: you mean the "Acer Aspire One D250" netbook? But this
> > >seems to have a SATA hard disk, or are there models out with SSD?
> > Mine has a SATA drive, but there shouldn't be any reason it couldn't
> > use a SATA SSD in that form factor. I should add that just over the
> > last couple of days, my D250 has started to panic at random times.
> > That's new, and I don't know what's causing it. Given that it was a
> > scrap machine I repaired, it may be hardware failure.
> > >In any case, it sells for around 300 euro (around USD 380) and seems to
> > >be an alternative as getting my Eee PC 900 repaired for the same price
> > Now that the netbook craze is over, there are quite a few
> > lightly-used ones for sale, often around $150 here. Look around
> > before buying new. Relatively older models like the D250 may be
> > better for FreeBSD, because they have Intel video that works with
> > the accelerated xorg driver.
> $150 is seriously in my price range [!] But what about the
> optical drive? If I can buy one on sale and install FBSD from a
> CD or DVD, do all optivcal drive fit all notebooks?
> (( I remember seeing ads on amazon.com saying that "people who
> purchased this notebook have also bought:)
> With a few things that I probably will buy. An optical, a 16 or
> 32G SSD ... &c.) So if there is a fire-sale at Costco or
> <<wherever>> for an HP 9" or 10 Atom notebook, will I be able
> to use another vendor's optical drive?
> PS: I really _was_ current on hardware stuff. Back in the VAX
> 780 days :-)
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I would expect a USB optical drive to work. I plugged an old DVD drive into
one of those boxes that hold an IDE hard disk and plug into a USB port, and it
worked fine on my (Linux) ASUS EeePC 1000. It looked pretty amateurish, but it
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