On Saturday 02 February 2008 23:13:25 Wojciech Puchar wrote: > > After running a 90 hour portupgrade job on my current Duron 1600 based > > system I've persuaded myself that a hardware upgrade is due. > > simply use precompiled ones if it's a problem. > anyway - i don't what bloatware you have compiled but on my 1200Mhz > Thinkpad i needed few hours to install things i use. > > > I'm contemplating building a system around an Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU. I'm > > not into games and overclocking so a relatively low end motherboard with > > integrated graphics should suffice. I've been looking at a few specs, > > many of them use Nvidia chipsets and I understand that there isn't a > > Nvidia graphics driver for FreeBSD on the AMD64 platform. > > by general there are lots of problems with nvidia as it's closed source. > i always avoid closed source.
That's a very unfounded statement. Nvidia is probably the best supported graphics card family for FreeBSD, *because* it actually has a vendor provided driver. The only 'problem' is that Nvidia decides when they want to support platform/release X/Y and FreeBSD to have certain interfaces they desire in place. Last I heard, it was 7.0-RELEASE for new (as in, not COMPAT5X) native drivers, but this long topic seems to indicate otherwise: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41545 There is however for X an nv driver from xorg that does it's job for most cards, if you don't need hardware accelerated OpenGL. Which OP doesn't need for gimp/dvd's. I'd really stay away from ATI, for your purposes, either go with nvidia or Intel onboard. -- Mel _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"