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Old 09-09-2011, 07:02 AM
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Dear pc-bsd forums members,

I'm currently an archlinux user, I've seen that bsd may be more suited for me than linux even if it maybe harder, I have only seem a basic freebsd installation running, so I'm a bsd virgin ...

Sorry to disturb you but I wanted to know the pros and cons of bsd, what you like and don't about it, so what I may expect or not by using bsd ...

Do you miss some linux softwares that I may want, have particular issues with wine ?

Any information that could be useful, would be greatly liked, you have the blank card for that !!!

Is there any user groups that may help me to begin like on linux ???

I would also know what will work or not out of my current used hardware,
just tell yes for out of the box, maybe for others and no only if you're sure that don't work ...

I will use mainly an emachines em350 netbook, a yagi antenna with a zydas1211-rw chipset, usb keys, usb card reader with sd card, hauppauge wintv pvr usb2 tv tuner, logitech quickcam messenger webcam, ipod video 3g, usb gamepad, xbox1 gamepad, usb microphone, canon powershot A300, usb headset, usb phone, guitar hero 2 xbox 360 xplorer guitar and 2 ddr dance mats ...

Specifications
CPU1 : Intel® Atom Processor N450
(1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
Operating System2 : Genuine Windows XP® Home with Service Pack 3
Chipset : Intel® NM10 Express
Memory3 : 1024MB DDR2 667MHz
Hard Drive4 : 160GB 5400rpm SATA
Media Reader5 : 2-in-1 digital media card reader
Secure Digital™ (SD), MultiMediaCard™ (MMC)
Video3 : Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 with 64MB of dedicated video memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9
Audio : High-definition audio
Built-in stereo speaker
Built-in digital microphone
Network : 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified™6
10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN
Pointing Device : Multigesture touchpad (circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom, page flip)
Ports : 2 - USB 2.0
1 - Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
1 - Microphone-in jack
1 - Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 - DC-in jack for AC adapter
1 - Kensington lock slot
Dimensions : 10.17" W x 7.28" D x .99" H
Weight : 2.43 lbs. (system unit only)
Battery : 3-cell lithium ion (2200 mAh)

Lspci :

Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet (rev c0)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:01 PM
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Hi spikemmc

I don't think you'd have a problem getting PC-BSD up and running on your system. If you're looking to switch from Linux to BSD, you'd be in for a real treat. I myself am still learn the ropes - and untangling the knots - but it is a worth while venture into something new, and quite sane. I've seen my fair share of Linux distros and on my powerpc64 I still run Debian 6 and Gentoo. One thing you'll have to like though is the default KDE desktop, which is unfortunately very buggy not to mention very resource hungry, and you'll have to judge for your self if your setup can withstand it. Personally, I prefer Enlightenment 17, but its a bit of a chore to get configured correctly.

Software wise, there is ton of GNU applications at hand and ready to install. So anything on the surface (ie userspace) will be extremely familar to you. However, and even though there is a Linux compatibility layer that you can install, I have noticed that some third party source tarballs can't be installed because of an MD5sum issue. That is to say that if the tarball needs MD5sum verification to compile, the process will terminate with an error. But that's the only compilation problem I met that I couldn't solve.

If you want to check out your hardware compatibility look here for some good hints:

http://www.freebsd.org/releases/8.2R/hardware.html

If you're itching to try something new, I think you'll be quite surprised by PC-BSD, and I highly recommend it.

Good luck!
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