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
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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