Recommended laptop for FreeBSD 10.2 Xfce workstation?
galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Wed Mar 30 13:58:14 UTC 2016
On Tue, March 29, 2016 11:35 pm, Felix Friedlander wrote:
>> On 30 Mar 2016, at 15:12, David Christensen <dpchrist at holgerdanske.com>
>> Thank you for the replies so far. :-)
>> Is there such a thing as a "reference laptop" that FreeBSD is developed
>> and validated against?
> No. At least, not that Iâve ever heard of.
> Alternative answer: whatever the developers happen to be using at the time
>> Failing that, I'm going to lower the bar and ask if there are *any*
>> laptops that meet my basic needs OOTB:
>> I'm looking for a new or used laptop that is known to work
>> correctly with FreeBSD 10.2, Xfce, Firefox, Thunderbird, (whatever
>> free) Office, etc., plus encryption and virtualisation.
> I think what might be helpful would be a list of what *not* to buy.
> Hereâs what Iâve found:
> * Broadcom wireless cards are a no-go. (Broadcom Ethernet is fine though.)
> * Stay away from Skylake at the moment if you want maximal hardware
> support. Most issues will probably be fixed over time, but right now
> itâs not quite perfect.
> * Several laptops have EFI implementations known to cause problems - look
> before you buy.
> Other than this, FreeBSD has played fairly OK with most laptop hardware
> Iâve tried.
> Anyone want to add to this?
To add to "NO-NO" or rather "not yet" list:
Intel 7xxx WiFi (Intel additions to WiFi stack (?) necessary for 7xxx
series didn't make it into FreeBSD yet).
I would also add 6xxx series as "maybe" - it is described as it works, but
I didn't make it work for myself (yet; didn't have much chance to put
effort into that). As far as Intel WiFi is concerned, here is the list of
what is supported:
> Felix Friedlander <felixphew0 at gmail.com>
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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