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FreeBSD The next major release of FreeBSD, version 7, is one of the most significant so far, with amount of new technologies and improvement largest since introduction of 5.0. Since constantly searching the mailing lists for important changes can be a bit tedious, this page lists some of the more interesting new things in one place.
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if only hardware support was better..
by Excessive on Thu 12th Jul 2007 20:08 UTC
Excessive
Member since:
2006-10-19

I recently upgraded my system to a better one, and it has a ULI chipset for Sata subsystem. And guess what, I can't use the FreeBSD 6.2 with my system, where Linux runs like a charm.

FreeBSD needs to support more hardware if it wants to have more publicity.

Just my 2 cents.

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Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

>FreeBSD needs to support more hardware if it wants to have more publicity.

If Linux is okay for you, stay with it. Never change a running system.

ULI & FreeBSD:

http://groups.google.com/group/mailing.freebsd.stable/browse_thread...

ULI & Linux:

http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html

So in the end, SATA is really new for both operating systems and ULI is somewhat exotic.

Ask the hardware industry first, to produce proper hardware, to offer proper documentation!

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Excessive Member since:
2006-10-19

Am I wrong thinking that if an Open Source operating system supports a chipset, where another Open Source operating system should support it too?

Both FreeBSD and Linux are open source systems. If one thing is implemented in one of them, it could be ported to another one with a different implementation.

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Dr_J Member since:
2005-07-06

I recently upgraded my system to a better one ... [and] I can't use the FreeBSD 6.2 with my system.

I am amazed by how often people cite this well-worn stupidity. All OSS systems take some time for the latest and greatest new chipsets or Wifi or whatever fully to be supported. If you want to run FreeBSD, for example, check to see that the hardware you want to buy is supported. Most is, but of course there are exceptions.

OTOH, if you want to chose your hardware with very few software compatibility concerns, run XP. Or chose an Apple if their hardware suits your needs. But my g*d, if you spend money on hardware, at least make sure that you can run the software you want.

Sheesh.

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Excessive Member since:
2006-10-19

Thank you for your polite comment. You are really one of wonderful people here.

Edited 2007-07-12 21:28

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ValiantSoul Member since:
2005-07-20

Linux doesn't even support my ethernet card, while FreeBSD does out of the box. Linux doesn't work with my wireless easily, while with FreeBSD it works out of the box. I think Linux needs to support more hardware...

Don't take that as me being offensive though, every OS could support more hardware. I'm just pointing out that FreeBSD isn't horrible on hardware support, and Linux isn't perfect either.

Edited 2007-07-13 02:39

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

What make and models are your ethernet and wireless chipsets?

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