Is FreeBSD suitable for my thinkpad T61 ?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Jun 11 21:23:29 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:50:36PM +0800, fdu.xiaojf at wrote:

> Hi all,
> I brought a new ThinkPad T61 for work, the hardware is as follows:
> T7300(2GHz), 2GB RAM, 120GB 5400rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, 128MB nVIDIA 
> Quadro NVS 140M, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn(n-disabled), Bluetooth, Modem, 
> 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Intel Turbo, 9c Li-Ion,
> My current working involves scientific calculation and programming. I'm 
> from a linux background(redhat, debian, ubuntu), but after some googling 
> and comparison, I found FreeBSD more stable and I want to try FreeBSD.  I 
> am tired of a dual-boot system, so I want to just install FreeBSD or 
> another linux distribution(maybe ubuntu) on my notebook.
> My questions are:
> 1) Can FreeBSD work well with my hardware? The display card, CDRW/DVDRW, 
> wireless, Ethernet and battery managment are the most important.
> 2) I have read the FreeBSD Handbook. According to Chapter 10: Linux Binary 
> Compatibility, it seems that FreeBSD lacks support of many commercial 
> softwares such as MATLAB, Oracle, Mathematica. Is the linux binary 
> compatibility stable enough for work ?

It should run FreeBSD just fine.   Check the hardware compatibility
lists to check for specific peripherals.

The Linux compatibility layer worked well.  Should be no problem.


> Thanks a lot.
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