What doesn't work on desktop FreeBSD ? (ex Webcams)

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Fri Feb 17 04:11:42 PST 2006

As a general rule, (although there are many exceptions) there's less
support for peripherals that depend on the processor to do their
jobs.  The famous example are the winmodems, but many printers are
starting to get that way also.

While a lot of help has come from Ghostscript, your going to have
a tough time getting a Canon-anything inkjet printer to print a
color image under FreeBSD.


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>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Xn Nooby
>Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:33 AM
>To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>Subject: What doesn't work on desktop FreeBSD ? (ex Webcams)
>I bought a QuickCam Orbit MP, which I apparently must use under
>Windows (or
>Linux).  From what I've seen online, not many (if any), people are using
>webcams under FreeBSD.  I was curious if there were other
>things that also
>were not realistic to do (I'm not complaining).
>Some of the things that do work are my soundcard, nVidia card,
>gigabit NIC,
>opengl games, wine, accelerated qemu, hp inkjet printer, and lots of
>wonderful free software.  Qemu nullified my need for VMWare
>(though I own
>5.5 for win and linux). OpenOffice, Abiword, and Firefox with
>flash and java
>works.   Lots of stuff works.
>I'm just curious if I am going to hit any roadblocks down the road.
>(Maybe there is a way to get my Quickcam to work using the RH
>8.0compatibilty layer)
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