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Date:      Wed, 3 Apr 2019 12:40:53 -0700
From:      David Christensen <dpchrist@holgerdanske.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD desktop "best-fit" Dell platform suggestions? (sp. DC reply)
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On 4/3/19 1:04 AM, Frank Fenderbender wrote:
> Thanks much, David C!
> This type of research, unpacked from personal experience for a general perusal, salvages from the private pains & pangs, as well as the joyous successes, encountered while fitting releases to systems, and vice-[re]versa.
> 
> As payback for the efforts made towards pulling me towards the success side, I will see if i can create a spreadsheet, which I'll put up on my <http://lust-for-life.org/Lust-For-Life/Computing/Computing.htm>; web page. Its goal will roughly be to list issues based on release:hardware. I' also like to work on a page that helps with add-on dependencies so that collisions can be avoided and troubleshooting made a bit easier. Any help on either page is greatly appreciated and open to different approaches entirely.
> 
> For now, I'll plan to post the additional page title(s) and url(s) soon... and how to send in verifiable additions to elevate its coverage (perhaps with links back to contributors for spec-test-verification details).
> 
> I'm open to how best to approach each mini-project....

Finding compatible hardware and software remains a never-ending quest, 
especially for FOSS.  Rather than building a personal solution, I would 
suggest contributing to some community solution.  STFW I see:

     https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/faq/hardware.html

     http://www.freebsdwiki.net/index.php/Main_Page


My wish-list solution would be a USB flash drive live FreeBSD 
distribution with a console app that runs a bunch of tests and submits 
reports to a central server with a searchable WWW app.  The client app 
would include local storage and sneaker-net capabilities (for testing 
computers without Internet connectivity).  Bonus points if one client 
image supported multiple architectures (I use i386 and amd64).


David



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