i give up
yanefbsd at gmail.com
Thu Dec 4 01:47:03 PST 2008
On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM, Tim Kientzle <kientzle at freebsd.org> wrote:
> Andrew Reilly wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 10:37:39AM -0800, Tim Kientzle wrote:
>>> I wonder if there's some way to partially automate
>>> collecting some of this information.
>> There is. Just install ports/sysutils/bsdstats, set the
>> appropriate frobs in /etc/rc.conf and be happy. Look at the
>> http://bsdstats.org/ page from time to time.
> This is a start towards what I had in mind, but
> still has a ways to go. Here are a few questions
> I would like to ask of such a database:
> "What ethernet cards have people used with FreeBSD 7.0?"
> This would require being able to start from
> a particular OS (and version?).
> "I have a Broadcom card, what driver do I need with FreeBSD 7?"
> This requires being able to navigate from OS/version
> to device type, manufacturer, then driver. This
> should also have callouts for any driver that's not
> part of the GENERIC kernel.
> "pciconf just gave me an ID xyz123; what chip is that?"
> I see device names but not hardware-level IDs.
> "Any suggestions for a good network card to buy?"
> This information seems to stop at the chipset level.
> When I go to the store, very few boxes have chipset
> names on them. It would be good to give users the
> option to provide a manufacturer (and product name?)
> for the card or motherboard in use. Such information
> would necessarily be more sporadic than the automatically
> collected information, but it would build up over time.
> Based on the numbers here, I'm going to guess that
> PC-BSD has this service turned on by default. You
> should talk to folks maintaining installers for other
> systems about possibly getting it integrated there.
> (With clearly-worded notices about data being anonymous,
> It would also be interesting to use this from the installer
> to look up missing drivers (enumerate PCI IDs for any
> device that didn't attach a driver and query the bsdstats
> service for information about that device); this would
> make it a lot easier for users to find drivers supported
> Such a database could provide very useful information to the
> development community ("most popular unsupported ethernet
> cards") and to users ("most popular supported ethernet
Sounds like you're looking for something like Kudzu for Redhat.
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