I've been a big fan of FreeBSD for a few years using it on desktop/headless servers and want to use it on my laptop (clevo m38aw, sager 3880). I couldn't find much on the web regarding hardware compatibility or installation guides for FreeBSD for this specific laptop, but did find the following guide for Gentoo linux


but, I really want to stick with FreeBSD (love the ports collection, etc.). I have a few questions about possible paths to take.

1) If I try installing FreeBSD, will I be using much of the information about the drivers etc. from linux (linux binary compat, etc.)?

2) I've tried getting FreeBSD (4.9, 5.X, <6.2) to work before on this laptop and couldn't even get the NIC to light up (neither of them) and the system doesn't have a floppy drive, so getting downloaded files onto the machine is tough, at best. When I tried using the USB stick, the machine would reboot each time I removed the stick. A no-go for use in my book. Are these troubles fixed in the 6.2?

3) Will I be generating a one time thing by installing BSD on this laptop using the linux guide or are there others that need this information. I don't mind spending some time (I do have to get real work done) if it benefits others, but I don't have the time, if I can spend it better (like earning income!)

3) Is this really worth the trouble, or does anyone have any experience with gentoo that they're willing to share that is convincing enough to simply forget this exercise and move on :-(


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