Hardware Compatibility

Vulpes Velox kitbsdlists at HotPOP.com
Wed Apr 23 23:19:38 PDT 2003

On Wed, 23 Apr 2003 21:28:25 -0700
webmaster at hpcaz.com wrote:

> 1) Does FreeBSD support IDE RAID controllers?


BTW check out vinum. That will handle raid.

> 2) Does it support AMD Athlons (natively)?

More or less. The kernel afaik has no special optimizations for it, but check out make.conf.

> 2) Where can I find information for configuring FreeBSD for use in these 
> situations? 
> I've been a RedHat user for years and currently support a large number of 
> RedHat servers--HTTP, SMTP, FTP, and VPN servers, to name a few. 

Check the portstree and use man.

Never done VPN befor but there is stuff in the portstree for it. I've done http, smpt, ftp, and ect thought and have never had a problem with it befor.

> I was recently turned on to FreeBSD. I downloaded the ISOs and installed. So 
> far, I like it! 
> All the software I need to run on it will work. However, the biggest problem 
> I'm having is hardware compatibility. 
> The servers I produce are (mostly) turn-key--that is, they're not Dells or 
> Gateways. Most of my customers are looking for high performance at the 
> lowest possible cost. Thus, I offer a lot of IDE RAID and Athlon-based 
> servers to them. 
> I've received a suprisingly good response with this and other "budget" 
> hardware configurations. All of the manufacturers I use provide Linux 
> drivers for their hardware or the support is provided in the Linux kernel. 
> None of the vendors I use provide FreeBSD software (with the exception of 
> Adaptec for version 4.11). So, I'm guessing that the support for hardware on 
> the compatibility list is provide by the FreeBSD project but I can't seem to 
> locate the documentation for setting up these configurations. 

Use man and ask specific questions. If you are looking for a answers to a specific question, none of which were contained in ye's email, just ask and it will most likely be answered.

Here are some nice places to start for more reading...

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