Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:01 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD "The FreeBSD project has received approval from Intel to redistribute firmware for several Intel-based PRO/Wireless devices in the base FreeBSD operating system. The inclusion of firmware for popular Intel wireless devices means that users of FreeBSD will have native wireless support for many Centrino-branded Intel PRO/Wireless devices without downloading additional software. This approval includes firmware for the Intel 2100, 2200BG, 2225BG, 2915ABG, and the 3945ABG devices."
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This is a HUGE step
by WarpKat on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:13 UTC
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Member since:
2006-02-06

One of the things that has my attention on FreeBSD is that it's very simple for a Linux admin to set up and also make it function like the way it should.

I also dig the fact that the license isn't as restrictive in terms of source release as the GPL may be.

I personally don't care whether or not a driver is in binary or source form, nor do I care whether a piece of software comes as binary or in source form. All I expect it to do is run. Period.

I've been looking at FreeBSD to replace some of our Linux servers but still have mucho testing to do for the environments. Unfortunately, VMWare isn't available for FreeBSD as a host environment. Fortunately, FreeBSD is just as happy running in a VM as it would be on a real dedicated machine.

Gentoo is an option, and it's ports-like ability makes it very viable for me and what I want it to do, but it's not as easy to install as FreeBSD is from the minimum CD's.

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RE: This is a HUGE step
by r_a_trip on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:52 in reply to "This is a HUGE step"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

All I expect it to do is run. Period.

Yeah, we all want that. The big questions, as always, are how long will it run, at what cost and under what obligations and conditions?

GPL might not be everybodies cup of tea, but at least it requires nothing of me as a mere user. If I would want to (re)distribute, that's when the GPL begins to have some teeth.

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RE: This is a HUGE step
by Doc Pain on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:19 in reply to "This is a HUGE step"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"One of the things that has my attention on FreeBSD is that it's very simple for a Linux admin to set up and also make it function like the way it should."

I may extend this statement: With basic UNIX knowledge you won't encounter any serious problem installing and setting up FreeBSD. Linux basics are a very good way to achieve this goal.

"Unfortunately, VMWare isn't available for FreeBSD as a host environment."

The VMWare host system was working in FreeBSD 4, as far as I remember, but since version 5 there's a problem with certain kernel modules and / or system services.

"Gentoo is an option, and it's ports-like ability makes it very viable for me and what I want it to do, but it's not as easy to install as FreeBSD is from the minimum CD's."

To install the base system, you just need one CD, the first one. It features a live file system for maintenance and diagnostics as well. The further CDs can be used to install applications if no Internet connection is available. If it is, the Ports Collection is productive as long as you know what you're doing.

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