Sébastien Morand wrote: > Hi, > > I'm new in FreeBSD, I'm used to GNU/Linux from many years but I'm trying to > migrate to FreeBSD. > My hardware is AMD64 / 1GB RAM / envy24ht network car / nVidia 7300GS GC / > USB Scanner / HP 660 Printer
This looks like a desktop computer, with multimedia capabilities. It's very likely you won't be able to use some or all of the non-essential components. > So nothing to worry about except the AMD64. I read that FreeBSD i386 > installation is faster on AMD64 than amd64. This is not very likely, or at least as valid as in any other comparison between a 32-bit and a 64-bit operating systems. > I installed amd64 and was quite > disappointed by the performance issue, particularly because the nv driver is > not good, and I got a lot of slowdown when some operations are made within X > server. Yes, nVidia doesn't have good FreeBSD drivers, and I think they don't have any drivers for 64-bit FreeBSD. You're probably using the default X.Org drivers, which have only basic functionality. > So before reinstalling everything, I'd like to know : > Is it a reasonable choice (in terme of performance, reliability, and > compatibility terms) to install i386 over amd64 arch? > Will I be able to install nvidia drivers and every i386 tools? (I got "only > working under i386" several times when installing port) > Are there other issues I should be aware of using such an installation? While there are people using FreeBSD for a graphical desktop, and some of them are even using the 64-bit version, they are few and far between, and most of them are satisfied with the bare essentials. For X.Org issues you might try the freebsd-x11@ mailing list. For issues with specific ports, try stable@ or [EMAIL PROTECTED] Be ready for a lot of manual configuration (as compared to Linux).
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