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Date:      Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:32:17 +0200
From:      Roland Smith <rsmith@xs4all.nl>
To:        Wojciech Puchar <wojtek@wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl>
Cc:        Paul Schmehl <pauls@utdallas.edu>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, Jerry Rukavina <j.rukavina@attalin.com>
Subject:   Re: BSD Computers
Message-ID:  <20080422153217.GA36675@slackbox.xs4all.nl>
In-Reply-To: <20080421215741.T1721@wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl>
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On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:58:29PM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>> FreeBSD, like all open source systems (that I know of), publishes a=20
>> hardware compatibility list [1] that you can consult to see if the=20
>> hardware you intend to purchase is supported.  In general, most major=20
>> manufacturers' systems will work fine, although the newest systems can=
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>> sometimes be problematic.
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> most desktop/servers. not laptops. all lenovo/ibm works fine but this is=
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> exception. most laptops can run only windoze.

I've got a secondhand Dell Latitude C610 that runs FreeBSD perfectly.
Before that I had a Compaq Armada M700 that also worked perfectly.

If you can get a good look at the specs, especially at the chipset used,
you can normally get a pretty good idea if it will run FreeBSD.

Better yet, if you are thinking of buying a laptop, go to the store with
a FreeBSD boot CD and test. If they don't let you do that, take your
business somewhere else.

Roland
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R.F.Smith                                   http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/
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