Improving FreeBSD's hardware compatibility
olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Thu Jul 20 13:13:22 UTC 2006
> Peter Jeremy wrote:
> > Getting action from vendors has been unsuccessful in the past - the
> > Free OS community (Linux + *BSD) is too small for vendors to be
> > concerned about.
> I cannot agree with you. Linux has achieved much more support from
> hardware vendors than FreeBSD.
Interestingly, when I looked for a new laptop last year,
it turned out that the number of laptops that ran FreeBSD
was greater than those that ran Linux. (I finally chose
a Samsung X20-XVM 1600-V, which works perfectly fine for
me except for the built-in winmodem [which I don't need
anyway]. A Linux live CD didn't even boot on it.)
> You may look in Linux source code.
> In linux-2.6.x/drivers/, there are so many hardware drivers.
Yeah, most of which are crap. :-) The raw number of
drivers says _nothing_ about hardware vendors' support.
> > I suspect the best solution is to publicise configurations that are
> > known to work and what problems exist with other configurations.
I tend to agree with Peter here. By the way, a very good
resource for hardware support information is the search
facility at Rambler: http://freebsd.rambler.ru/
PS: I think this thread might be inappropriate for the
-hackers list. How about moving it to either -hardware
or -chat? (I watch them all, so either is fine with me.)
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