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:
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
I'd really stay away from ATI, for your purposes, either go with nvidia or
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