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I am thinking of adding Free BSD to my notebook - Pentium Mobile (Intel) IBM R40.

I was thinking of using the dual boot mode.

Has anyone had any experience on how much time this could take to set up? Will it recognize the modem and wireless?

Monday, July 12, 2004

You may have much better luck running FreeBSD inside VMWare.  That way, FreeBSD will see a more standard network interface and be more likely to support it.

Monday, July 12, 2004

I ran freebsd on my dell inspiron laptop.  I already had a second partition from an earlier linux install, so it only took a few hours to set up.  I did have a problem where freebsd 4.8 wouldn't recognise my netword card, but 5.0 worked without a hitch.  The dual boot system is really easy, and detected windows without a problem.

I found Freebsd very memory light - it used less memory then equivilent linux installs.

Monday, July 12, 2004

I've run FreeBSD on a couple of different Toshiba laptops, first a P1
and now a Tecra8100... it's worked very well on both.  I also run it
on several desktop machines and have it found doing kernel builds
to customize it fairly easy.

Most of the time I spent with basic setup was getting my favorite
packages loaded and getting X windows set up properly with
old VGA adapters.  Other than that it was a couple of hours to
run through the basic install from CDs or floppies and CDs (for
an older machine with no bootable CD drive).

You may want to look here for advice and configs:
and at the documentation about laptops on

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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