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Old 09-09-2010, 03:12 AM
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Default Finding Supported Hardware (from PC-BSD Blog)
Please read the comments as well:
http://blog.pcbsd.org/2010/09/findin...rted-hardware/

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Having a searchable list/database of supported hardware is always a good thing and something we don’t currently have. This recent thread (http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=13589) in the Advocacy forum suggests a layout similar to Haiku’s hardware page (http://haikuware.com/hardware/).

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Sticky this since it is an important topic that should be pursued vigorously.
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This may be hard to swally, but finding supported hardware is not really the issue. Supporting more hardware is the issue and that is a daunting task but one that BSD must meet.

If a user gets a Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, or other laptop, we need to just work. And not just be able to install and run, we need to be able to be solid with ACPI and suspend and resume.
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:24 AM
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Agreed, and something that was discussed in length at yesterday's DevSummit. What's the best way to determine which hardware is being used by users which currently isn't supported? How do we make sure devs get that information so drivers can be created?

The other issue is developer access to specs so they can write the driver, access to hardware for testing, and access to feedback from users who test the driver on their hardware. The Foundation and iXsystems may have some clout to help devs with access to specs and to coordinate hardware donations. More coordination is needed between users and devs.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:38 PM
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I think its been suggested before that PC-BSD adopt a device driver utility like the one which comes with OpenSolaris/OpenIndiana. It detects the system hardware, highlights what isn't supported and allows the user to send a hardware profile to the project. Some Linux distros do this too with a tool called Smolt.

This would be a fairly automated way to find out what isn't working and how many instanses there are out there of that hardware.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:33 AM
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It may be possible to pull a general hardware picture from the people at BSDstats. They do segregate the PC-BSD results from the other BSDs and it gives a broad if incomplete view of the hardware that people are running PC-BSD on.

I have used OpenSolaris and the device driver utility is a genuine time saver in sorting out what works and what does not. If we have the programming ability available, it would certainly help both PC-BSD and FreeBSD.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:40 AM
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I don't think programming is necessary. We have all the userland tools that we need. It's a matter of time to script it properly.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:07 AM
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how about something simple like this?
http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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