Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Mar 2009 15:03 UTC, submitted by Reece Tarbert
FreeBSD If you wanted to try FreeBSD but didn't have the right hardware, or enough time to make it useful on the desktop, VirtualBSD might fit the bill: it's a VMware appliance based on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE and features the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment and a few of the most common applications to make it very functional right out of the box. If you're curious you can have a look at the screenshots, or proceed to the download page and grab the torrent file right away (note: VirtualBSD also works in VirtualBox 2.x as long as you create a new virtual machine and select the virtual disk from the archive instead of creating a new one).
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Right Hardware
by AndyM103 on Tue 10th Mar 2009 17:35 UTC
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2008-03-18

As far as I knew FreeBSD was quite well supported on most hardware! The only reason I'm not running it now on my laptop is that I quite like graphical effects with an NVIDIA card and Ubuntu or Fedora run fine for me.

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RE: Right Hardware
by karunko on Tue 10th Mar 2009 17:47 in reply to "Right Hardware"
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2008-10-28

Okay, let me clarify things: FreeBSD supports a lot of hardware as long as you run it as a server and don't need fancy graphics, audio, and whatnot -- and does a fine job at that. But try it on a modern, off the shelf PC, notebook or netbook and you won't be so lucky. I mean, even an onboard NIC might be problematic!

That said, this is clearly not FreeBSD's fault (as vendors seldom release specifications and stick to binary drivers for select Linux distributions at best) but the result doesn't change: it's a very daunting task to get any kind of modern desktop oriented FreeBSD (that's not their goal either, but I digress).



Reece

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RE[2]: Right Hardware
by hadyn on Tue 10th Mar 2009 21:03 in reply to "RE: Right Hardware"
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2006-05-14

Okay, let me clarify things: FreeBSD supports a lot of hardware as long as you run it as a server and don't need fancy graphics, audio, and whatnot


Bit of a generalization there regarding hardware support. I have been running FreeBSD as my main desktop now since 2000 and in that time I haven't found it to be lacking in hardware support.

As with any open source operating system it pays not to have the very latest hardware as developers need time to write drivers.

Any way great to see any effort that gets people trying out FreeBSD.

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RE[2]: Right Hardware
by sakeniwefu on Thu 12th Mar 2009 07:55 in reply to "RE: Right Hardware"
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2008-02-26


That said, this is clearly not FreeBSD's fault (as vendors seldom release specifications and stick to binary drivers for select Linux distributions at best) but the result doesn't change: it's a very daunting task to get any kind of modern desktop oriented FreeBSD (that's not their goal either, but I digress).


It is FreeBSD's fault in part because they often support hacks(Linux emulation and blob drivers) to get hardware to work until they get a free driver, either by themselves or from the other BSD operating systems.

While this is good for the owners of such hardware it doesn't get the message across.

Users of open source software should get to know, that for them to really have a choice they must buy hardware with open specs.

I actively bought such hardware, and this allowed me to enjoy open source operating systems. If I had bought from NVIDIA and company I would have a blinking terminal at most.

Hopefully my provider will get the message and build more open hardware.

If more people got the message and supported open vendors instead of the likes of NVIDIA which can leave you without a driver(in Linux, of course, but also in Windows if you dont suck the latest version from Microsoft) at any moment.

Just like you can have fun without drugs, you can use a PC and even play games without NVIDIA cripplehardware.

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