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Project: SHU - FreeBSD Laptop Installation.

Installing FreeBSD onto a Laptop:
By Vincent Angus Williams - scribe63

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As the PowerNomics proverb says :
"If you take risks, you may still fail. But if, you do not take risks, you will surely fail."

Intro Install Post Install - Config Config Package Install and X GUI - Sound Config Conclusion


Laptop Specifications:

  • System: Dell Latitude CPi D266XT
  • Memory: 256MB
  • CPU: Intel Mobile PII-266MHz
  • Video: NeoMagic 2160
  • NIC: Orinoco Gold 802.11b
  • HD: 6GB
  • Chipset: Intel Mobile BX (w/o AGP)
  • RAM Type: EDO
  • Audio: CS 4327B
  • CardBus: TI-1131

This laptop initially had OpenSuse 10.1 installed on it which i used basically for gathering information at remote sites, typing documents during course labs, to connect to devices via the serial port, and packet capturing with ethereal(Wireshark).
When i first installed OpenSUSE 10.1 on this laptop it was pretty snappy even with the GNOME desktop. I even used to do a presentation at a conference meeting. But after going through the hassles with updates (Yast2, Smart), and eventually getting updates to install it became very sluggish. Yast2 will take forever to start, find and or install updates. Smart at that time didn't work as expected, especially the gui interface, and disk space became a chore to manage because of dependencies, etc....
So after a while i decided use another OS for the same basic stuff as above in addition to Inventory gathering, and as much basic desktop use i can get out of it. The biggest challenge would be to get the soundcard to work for listening educational podcast.

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