Is FreeBSD a suitable choice for a MacBook?

David Kelly dkelly at
Sun Oct 5 06:16:44 UTC 2008

On Oct 4, 2008, at 2:00 PM, Eirik Wixøe Svela wrote:

> I have an Apple MacBook with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (November
> 2007 edition, cf. the Wikipedia article for specifications), and I  
> have
> been considering switching to one of the free UNIX clones for some  
> time
> now.


> I understand that Ubuntu GNU/Linux is supposed to work well on this
> kind of machine, but I would rather use some variant of BSD if that  
> is a
> viable alternative.

MacOS X *is* a genuine recognized variant of BSD.

> I would therefore like to ask you whether anyone here has any  
> experience
> with FreeBSD, either 7.0-RELEASE or any other version, that they would
> like to share so I might know what to expect if I choose to go through
> with this. I have some time on my hands the next couple of weeks, so I
> am prepared to spend some days tweaking things to work if it is worth
> the effort, but if it isn't, I might as well take Ubuntu for a spin or
> do a clean install of Mac OS X.

You sound as if you just got the machine and haven't given MacOS X a  
chance. Give MacOS X a chance. Download (if its not on your MacOS X  
install DVD) X Code, and Apple X11.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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