netbooks vs FreeBSD

Matthias Apitz guru at
Sun May 24 16:19:08 UTC 2009

El día Sunday, May 24, 2009 a las 04:56:11PM +0200, Polytropon escribió:

> On Sun, 24 May 2009 15:52:29 +0200, Matthias Apitz <guru at> wrote:
> > I have a real netbook, an EeePC 900 with 20 GByte SSD, Wifi, 1024x600 9"
> > display and an attached USB Huawei E220 dongel for UMTS. I have
> > installed 8-CURRENT and all works as it should, only the inbuild cam is
> > not supported, but I don't neet this at the moment (maybe later when Skype
> > for FreeBSD can do video as well).
> I would tend to buy one myself in the future, especially for
> LAN and WLAN diagnostics (at the customer's site). I like the
> concept of the SSD in opposite to a "moving parts" classical
> hard disk. Size and battery life are okay (for what they are
> intended for), and I think older models of the EeePC will
> get a bit cheaper over the time. I'm very greedy, so I mostly
> think: "Do I REALLY need this - and spend money on it?" :-)

I'm using mine one for reading books in Spanish and writing private
stuff; I have a Spanish dictionary on it and an offline version of the
Spanish Wikipedia. As well I use it to connect to Internet when I'm
sitting in a beer garden to access things I wanna read. It is a netbook
per definition. And really cool. The battery (6600 mAh) gives me around
4.5 hours autonomy, but often I find a point with power.

> There is a nice description about how to install FreeBSD on
> this device at - and
> I can't wait to try this out. But I'm sure I would not want
> to run KDE or Gnome on this thing...

why? it just runs fast on it;

The above description is still on RELENG_7 level, I will update it soon for
CURRENT which is I run now.

> Of course, it would be nice to have access to the camera (at
> least you paid for it), be it by Skype or simply by mencoder.
> Maybe it will be supported in the future.
> By the way, can you tell me how expensive (approx.) is the
> UMTS dongle, and how much is using it? (I'm curious, and
> since you're from a .de domain, your answer should apply
> to me, too.)

I have a flat rate SIM and PCMCIA card from the company I'm working for.
And bought the UMTS dongle for my private usage in eBay for around 35
euro, I think. I'm using it nearly every evening.

> -- 
> Polytropon
> >From Magdeburg, Germany

I lived in Westeregeln and went to school in Egeln :-)

> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0

happy since 2.2.5 (around 1997, I think).


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