Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jan 2014 23:59 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
FreeBSD

FreeBSD 10 has been released. You can read the release notes, and, of course, go ahead and install it.

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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

I recently bought a laptop and over the last week or two have been planning on converting my old combined desktop/server machine into a pure server, complete with a traditional server-grade distro. I narrowed my choices down to Alpine Linux, Debian, Ubuntu Server (just out of curiousity I decided to test it), CentOS, Slackware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly BSD, FreeNAS, and NAS4Free (all 64-bit versions).

Just yesterday I gave them all a comparison run in virtual machines, and only eliminated Alpine, NetBSD, Dragonfly, FreeNAS and NAS4Free (well, and CentOS--but only because I didn't have an ISO image available at the time and no working Internet connection or time to obtain it). I really wanted to give one of the BSDs a try since I've never actually put them to serious use and I figured that for a server they would be perfect (and a great learning experience), and if FreeBSD 10 would have been out just a little bit earlier it would have been even better. Perfect timing, I gave up waiting just hours before its release.

But I do have a question for anyone familiar; I have a Broadcom 4318/AirForce One (and unfortunately have to use it) and I could not get it to be recognized in FreeBSD. OpenBSD recognized it easily, but complained that firmware was needed and all the instructions I found said "use an Internet connection," so that was the end of my run with OpenBSD as well (the files I took out of /lib/firmware in my previous Linux distro did not work either). According to various web pages, FreeBSD also uses the "BWI" driver that OpenBSD uses. Is there something simple that I missed to get FreeBSD to load the drivers and recognize the card, or does it literally require installing the drivers as well as the firmware?

Edited 2014-01-21 04:15 UTC

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