On Sun, 28 Sep 2014, Gavin Atkinson wrote:
On Sun, 28 Sep 2014, O. Hartmann wrote:
Networking wasn't an issue for me for years, but now, sitting on a pile of neat 
new
hardware of which FreeBSD can not make any serious use, let me rethink. 
Luckily, The
Lenovo laptops have a mini PCIe WiFi NIC - if I'm willing to follow FreeBSDs 
agony I'm
able to swap the NIC with a piece of hardware that is supported. But it is 
additional


Unfortunately, many Lenovo laptops lock the BIOS down in such a way that
they won't boot without the NIC they were shipped with :(

Well, or a short list of approved Lenovo-branded cards. In the past, Lenovo (or IBM) has supplied Atheros cards. The trick will be finding that list and identifying the chipsets on each. There are also unofficial BIOS modifications to remove the limits.

it is also due to a bad politics. nVidia, for instance, offers a BLOB for their 
GPUs.
Yeah! But no OpenCL support. AMD offers nothing but promises and their efforts 
regarding
opensource drivers is a pity.

AMD has actually supported the open Radeon driver, both with programming information and (I think) employing developers to work on it.
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