Is FreeBSD a suitable choice for a MacBook?

Quux unicorn at
Sun Oct 5 12:08:49 UTC 2008

On 4 Oct 2008, at 21:00, 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.

Only used FreeBSD (and several Linux variations and Windows varieties)  
on my Macbook Pro, but none of these as the boot operating system. All  
of these do however run as expected in a virtual environment like  

> 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.
> Best regards
> Eirik W. Svela
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