On Sun, 22 Jun 2003 23:04:52 -0500, Vulpes Velox <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:


There is info on what hardware is supported and a list of various programs that exist in the portstree.

From my experience FreeBSD is far simpler to get up and running than windows is.
It is much quicker to install than windows is, too.

On Sat, 21 Jun 2003 18:10:15 -0400
Gilligan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

I am a complete newbie when it comes to FreeBSD and I am interested in
running it getting so I can't afford Windows pgms). I looked on the
FreeBSD web site but I cannot find any info on if I can run it.
(Windows requires the drivers (Highpoint 374) for the ide drives) Also
if I will be able to use my HP DVD-R/W drive. (I just want to be able to
use it as a CD-RW).


Even if you don't see your hardware listed, why not make a partition ("slice" in FreeBSD parlance) and try to install it? If something doesn't work, well, you haven't lost any money. At that point you might try Linux (Gentoo, while not necessarily the easiest distro to install, is probably the one most similar to some aspects of FreeBSD), because the larger Linux user base tends to result in quicker availability of drivers.

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