Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Mon 15th Sep 2008 20:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD This release marks a milestone for PC-BSD, by moving to the latest FreeBSD 7-Stable and also incorporating the KDE 4.1.1 desktop. Users will immediately notice the improved visual interface that KDE 4.1.1 offers, as well as a large improvement in hardware support and speed from the update to FreeBSD 7-Stable. PC-BSD 7 also offers a large and growing library of self-contained PBI files available for installation, and improvments for other locales on our PBI Directory website. This release also offers new methods of installation, including a DVD, USB and Internet/network install. Note: Here is an interview with the lead developer of PC-BSD.
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RE[2]: Interesting
by sbergman27 on Tue 16th Sep 2008 04:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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This page (section 4.6.3) explains why there is not likely to be: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/compatibility-...
Some hardware companies who refuse to release specs are at least willing to make drivers for Linux, but very few are willing to bother with BSD support.

That page says that because Broadcom refuses to make documentation available, it is nearly impossible to write a driver. Nearly impossible is a different thing than completely impossible. Linux's Broadcom 43xx driver was reverse engineered, is open source, and works quite well... all without Broadcom's help. My notebook has a 4318 and has been well supported for 2+ years. Surely the hardest part of writing a FreeBSD driver has already been done by the Linux devs.

Edited 2008-09-16 04:09 UTC

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