Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Thu Dec 11 06:57:38 PST 2008

> - on almost all my machines I have problems with CD/DVD drives, mostly
> things like READ_BIG timeout, etc. I tried almost everything (disabling
> ACPI, DMA, upgrading the drive BIOS, etc), disabling DMA resolved some
> problems, but it's still impossible to burn a DVD for example.

i don't have. i use only atapicam+cd driver, no acd.

> - my mouse (a Logitec MX 300, USB) is still undetected at boot. Every
> time I have to unplug/plug it after boot. Not a big deal I admit, but
> boring.
> - USB mass storage plug/unplug sometimes causes system panic. I know

never got such thing, except when i forgot to unmount

> that this is a well known bug that require some rearchitecting and that
> a proper umount has always been the way to umount a drive, but,
> honestly, you cannot seriously convince someone to use FreeBSD with
> things like this ...
> - Altough ports are fantastic, building things like OpenOffice or ... is
> just inhuman, especially when you cannot use -j for building ports (but
> it's being resolved I think). Of course there are packages, but it's far
> less friendly to use (and manage) than apt-get/dpkg.

you may pkg_add from ftp repository

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