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Old 09-14-2004, 10:56 AM   #1
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Which BSD is the right for laptop use?


Hi@all!

I'm planning to use a newer *BSD on my old laptop, which is currently running FreeBSD 4.7.
Which one would you recommend for Laptop use? Which one has the most current packages? For which do you get the most software?

thanks.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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AFAIK, I have heard/read that FreeBSD is the most userfriendly BSD distro (after Mac OS X of course ).

And if you want total security, go for OpenBSD ... their X is also pretty usable

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Old 09-14-2004, 04:47 PM   #3
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AFAIK, I have heard/read that FreeBSD is the most userfriendly BSD distro (after Mac OS X of course ).

And if you want total security, go for OpenBSD ... their X is also pretty usable
Hands down FreeBSD for your laptop. There are many new laptop orientated features in 5.x that as far as i know are not implemented in OpenBSD. Things such as throttling for the pentium M's etc...
 
Old 09-15-2004, 02:35 PM   #4
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Yes, I think FreeBSD is probably the clear best choice for laptops right now, until some of the better power management features get into OpenBSD and NetBSD. I know that OpenBSD does have CPU throttling, but I don't think it's automatic yet (i.e. you have to change the level manually).
 
Old 09-15-2004, 03:11 PM   #5
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My laptop is an old 166Mhz P-1, which of course doesn't support throttling, but APM.
... But I think that OpenBSD brings more/better software with it than FreeBSD...
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:34 PM   #6
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My laptop is an old 166Mhz P-1, which of course doesn't support throttling, but APM.
... But I think that OpenBSD brings more/better software with it than FreeBSD...
You know i never understood the point of asking for opinions when one has already made up his mind? You get 3 replies of FreeBSD yet you decide that OpenBSD has more/better software? First FreeBSD wins hands down if your talking about the number of ports/packages second OpenBSD and FreeBSD in 99% of cases have the same software. So pick one and be done with it.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:52 AM   #7
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thorax, FreeBSD has the most packages of any of the BSDs, and about the same amount as Debian GNU/Linux (which is the so-called king of software packages), i.e. it has the most or nearly the most software available for any free OS in the world. OpenBSD has a lot of the same packages, just not as many as FreeBSD.

Where OpenBSD is clearly better than FreeBSD is default security. The protection built in, such as stack protection and hardened compiler are really quite amazing. I also find OpenBSD more simple to work with, but the installer is admittedly a little more tricky. Personally, the only free OS I use any more is OpenBSD, because it's what I like the best for my own reasons, but if you're asking what the "best" BSD for a laptop is, I'd have to say (and did say) FreeBSD.
 
Old 09-17-2004, 06:38 AM   #8
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Okay, I'll try FreeBSD.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 12:16 PM   #9
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I ran FreeBSD on my laptop for 3 weeks and it was awesome.

I couldnt get my infrared to work so that I can use the infrared laser printers in the labs. That made me uninstall it.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 07:10 AM   #10
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I tried 5.2.1, but it didn't recognize my PCMCIA controller, which was successfully detected by 4.9.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 08:21 AM   #11
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I tried 5.2.1, but it didn't recognize my PCMCIA controller, which was successfully detected by 4.9.
FreeBSD 5.3 is just about to be released -- maybe you should wait for that.

And there's always NetBSD, which you can try. NetBSD has more packages than OpenBSD but not as many as FreeBSD. NetBSD also has more "Unix-like" feel in it, while FreeBSD is more "Linux-like".

If you decide to try out NetBSD, choose the GENERIC_LAPTOP kernel during installation (instead of the default GENERIC), and it should detect your PCMCIA devices without any problems.

The possible downside in choosing NetBSD is that the current release (1.6.2) is two years old. You said you want to try a "newer *BSD" but NetBSD 1.6.2 is actually just as old as your FreeBSD 4.7. A new NetBSD release (2.0) is expected within a month or two.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 10:59 AM   #12
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A new NetBSD release (2.0) is expected within a month or two.
Thanks for the info. Until 2.0 is released I'll stay with Debian
 
  


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