Recommended laptop for FreeBSD 10.2 Xfce workstation?

Warren Block wblock at
Fri Apr 1 22:02:58 UTC 2016

On Fri, 1 Apr 2016, Polytropon wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:21:08 -0700, Sergei G wrote:
>> Older Dell laptop has been ok for me D630 (I don't remember if wireless
>> worked or not).
> I have successfully instantiated a Dell Latitude D630 with
> FreeBSD 10. Its wireless adapter is supported. All other
> components (such as regular network, audio and docking station)
> also work as expected. However, that is a quite "outdated"
> machine, but this definitely does _not_ imply that it's
> useless. I made it run Gnome which (in retrospect) was a
> stupid decision. ;-)
> Other older devices, such as IBM Thinkpad (now Lenovo) models
> T60p, R61i and R500 also work good with FreeBSD.

I've used Dell Core2 systems like the E1505 successfully.  Don't recall 
which wireless card came with it, but I generally replace them with an 
Atheros card.  No problems otherwise.  Such a system is usable if you 
are willing to be somewhat patient for building world or very large 
ports.  An SSD is not a luxury, it makes any system much more usable.

My current notebook is an Acer Aspire 5740 with a first-generation i5. 
It has 10-stable, and I have not bothered to experiment with suspend. 
This will hopefully soon be replaced by a Dell Haswell machine.  The 15W 
CPU should make for a cooler-running system.

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