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lucas's avatar
15 years ago
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lucas
i ❤ demo
what do you run?

i just tried openbsd 4.0, but azalia panics on boot.

i'm downloading netbsd 3.1 right now.
nestor's avatar
15 years ago
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nestor
nestor
i have ubuntu in a vm :D

i heard openbsd works well... hmmm.
nestor's avatar
15 years ago
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nestor
nestor
bah, im doing a fresh install on my core 2 desktop workstation... i already have xp installed. i would love to put a bsd on it, previously all it has seen is linux.

all i really need is openoffice , multimedia (mplayer), good browsing (firefox + java + flash), and possible hope for running cedega.

i would love to have freebsd amd64 running on it, but it looks like i couldn't get java + flash running in the 64-bit environment. i suppose i could go for a 32-bit chroot... hmm. although cedega looks like it will never work... darn.
nestor's avatar
15 years ago
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nestor
i'm thinking i'll be going back to debian unstable (it's a pain to install, have to remaster installer for 2.6.18 kernel) or try out arch linux with 2.6.18... apparently it is i686 optimized and very customizable, somewhere around gentoo and slack.
dannyp's avatar
15 years ago
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dannyp
dʎuuɐp
I'm considering being unwuss for once and actually attempting to do NetBSD! Going to purchase a hd enclosure to put my 200 gig that's barely used in. It sucks how bloaty all this stuff is on here, but the computer runs damn fast all the time. I don't mind that all the stuff is running just because I don't notice a speed drop with all of it on, but it bothers me on an organizational level and I feel dirty.

and then I feel like I want to play with some pretty features like these:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=V1iet8MWJr8

this at least would be more pleasing to me than the bluetooth icon stuck on the desktop, or the miles of useless docked icon items.
nestor's avatar
15 years ago
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nestor
i had aiglx + beryl running on my debian unstable, its really nice. it gives a nice alternative to the fluxbox look if you really want to use up system resources :D
dannyp's avatar
15 years ago
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dannyp
dʎuuɐp
I'd just want a bit more interesting feel of the os or gui interaction/movement, I don't really want the rotating screen stuff. I'm not into the high rez icons that scale dynamically so much either.

Just give me a little menu of applications and some good unobstructive windows, and intuitive switching between desktops/tasks and I'm set :D
lucas's avatar
15 years ago
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lucas
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so i got openbsd 3.1 installed on my x60s. em(4) and ath(4) do not work.. so no ethernet and no wireless. but it appears that this patch may get the atheros working:

http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=netbsd-bugs&a … 00&w=2

i'm downloading kernel source and will be trying it shortly. otherwise, it seems to work great. acpi looks good and smp support on the core duo looks good. i'll hopefully be posting from within netbsd shortly!
lucas's avatar
15 years ago
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lucas
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it didn't patch cleanly with the 3.1-r source. i'll have to take another look at it.
 
15 years ago
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Hess
Well on the way to the unknown
Are you able to use the madwifi drivers?

http://www.madwifi.org

My wireless is Atheros and I can use it. That is when I get the darn system up and going. Gentoo is kicking my arse. I can never get it right. I am always missing sound or net or some other stuff and I start over. I can be done in under 2 hours, but I never have the time to do it repeatedly and forget how I screwed up before. *sigh*


PS I just checked the website. I don't think it is BSD-compatible.
 
15 years ago
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dynek
I panic when there are too many people around
Lucas! the azalia driver works just fine on NetBSD.
lucas's avatar
15 years ago
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lucas
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> Are you able to use the madwifi drivers?

the driver isn't attaching to the device because of a memory mapping problem. it's a lower level problem than correct drivers. one the memory is mapped correctly, then netbsd's ath(4) driver should support the device just fine (if not, i can possible use madwifi).

> the azalia driver works just fine on NetBSD.
shit, i misspoke above.

azalia(4) panics my kernel in openbsd 4.0.

then i tried installing netbsd 3.1. azalia(4) works find in netbsd 3.1, however ath(4) doesn't attach correctly.

when i said openbsd 3.1 above i meant netbsd 3.1. sorry.
 
13 years ago
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dbrown
atheros releases the HAL source!
http://madwifi-project.org/wiki/news/20081129 … hal-source
sriehl's avatar
13 years ago
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sriehl
surreal
Once sabayon linux 4 comes out, that's going on my desktop and then I'll put archlinux on my laptop (x60s). I installed archlinux on an old dell inspirion and have been impressed with it. You can almost get as granular as gentoo but all the packages are in binary so things go by quicker :)