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Medium to High end notebook/laptop suitable for FBSD
- Subject: Medium to High end notebook/laptop suitable for FBSD
- From: dgilbert at dclg.ca (David Gilbert)
- Date: Fri Jan 2 12:43:45 2004
I'd like to recomend the Dell D-800...
>>>>> "Malcolm" == Malcolm Kay <malcolm_(_dot_)_kay_(_at_)_internode_(_dot_)_on_(_dot_)_net> writes:
Malcolm> The wish list includes: UXGA display (1600x1200) on a
Malcolm> reasonably large display capable of resolving most of this.
UXGA (1600x1200) and WUXGA (1920x1200) are both options on the D800
Malcolm> Minimum 256Mb memory -- 512 would be nice.
2G is supported, but very expensive. 1G is affordable.
Malcolm> FBSD supported LAN connection -- preferably via wireless.
GigE on the mainboard and b, b/g, or a/b/g in the mini-pci slot.
Dell's TM 1400 is a/b/g and supported by NDIS in 5.2. You can also
buy 3'rd party ath driver mini-pci cards.
Malcolm> Plenty of disk space, but prepared to settle for 40Gb or
60 Gig available, 40 gig 7200 RPM available. 2nd drive (internal) is
Malcolm> Internal Dialup modem that can be utilised through FBSD.
No on this point. I have a pccard with an x-jack. very few laptops
have the lucent chipset ... which is the only one we have a hacked
linux binary driver for.
I'm hoping that someone will hack NDIS to support this.
Malcolm> Some method of connecting an optical mouse. (A connection
Malcolm> for a conventional keyboard might also be attractive.)
3x USB. I use a USB mouse that only has a dongle ... and that stores
the dongle in the mouse when not in use.
Malcolm> CDROM/R/RW. (DVD play would be an attracive bonus.)
All options. Dell's practially giving away DVD+RW's according to /.
3 ports. 1 firewire.
Malcolm> Reasonably quick -- in the 2Ghz to 3 Ghz range
Centrino 1.7. ~ equivalent to p4/2.6
Malcolm> The following aspects I don't see as being of much importance
Malcolm> to me: (But of course it is possible that I'm overlooking
Malcolm> some important aspect) Long period of battery use; I imagine
Malcolm> power will be mostly be available.
I have a 2nd battery that gives me about 4h. 2.5 h on the main battery
Malcolm> Fancy power management.
Power management isn't good in FreeBSD... but maybe Warner's patch
will change that.
Malcolm> Floppy drive.
Floppy is available ... but would displace your cdrom when in use.
Malcolm> The Toshiba satellite P20 seems to mostly have the hardware
Malcolm> features I'd like to have (and is just about affordable); but
Malcolm> I'm led to believe that there are extreme difficulties in
Malcolm> getting FreeBSD operational on any late model Toshiba
Malcolm> Are there any suggestions as to where I might start looking?
Malcolm> Is there anyone with a machine fulfilling most of my wish
Malcolm> list with FBSD capability?
The installation of FreeBSD is a snap on the D-800, but to be happy,
- The corrected AML code to make ACPI happy
- The binary nvidia driver (faster 3D, better support)
- 5.2 is going to be happier on this laptop than 5.1 was.
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