#1196 closed Feature Request (deferred)

PCBSD tested laptops

Reported by: sjoseph Owned by: tigersharke
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: System Configuration Version: 10.1-RELEASE
Keywords: Cc: trac-bugs@…


Have a list of modern hardware, staring with laptops (of different price range) that fully supports PCBSD. This will help new/potential users to decide on what hardware to buy to try/run PCBSD.

Some common areas of issues with FreeBSD/PCBSD from a laptop perspective:

  1. wireless
  2. bluetooth
  3. ACPI
  4. Display issues
  5. Sound issues

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 13 months ago by joshms

  • Owner set to tigersharke

We have a wiki page we can add a compatible laptop hardware list (table) to. We need users to submit their laptop information in so we could add it. I have a very short list of laptops that are compatible, but we don't have any other way unless we can get more data from users on what hardware they're using. Maybe we can make a forum post and try to get the community involved and post what laptops they are running PC-BSD on.


comment:2 Changed 13 months ago by sjoseph

The problem with user submission is that it can be very subjective. For instance, for some users suspend/hibernate may not be important, others may have worked out the issue, yet there's no one place where a potential user can find an upto date list of hardware that will work well(fully) with PCBSD. Also, many people don't have the ability to try before you buy.

So, from a users perspective, there's a lot of uncertainty around which hardware to buy that's guaranteed to work well with PCBSD. A quick google search will show you how even an open ended question like which laptop to buy in FreeBSD/PCBSD mailing lists have not yielded useful answers.

In my view if PCBSD/ixSystems can work with hardware/laptop vendors to test their products and certify for use with PCBSD that will be immensely useful for the end users. I realize that may not be easy and is not merely a technical issue. But there certainly is an opportunity to increase the user base and make it easy for end users.

comment:3 Changed 12 months ago by joshms

  • Resolution set to deferred
  • Status changed from new to closed

It's a fantastic idea, but executing it well would be very difficult at this time for the PC-BSD crew. That would take a lot of man hours and a huge development budget to get our hands on all that hardware to test which we just don't have at this point in time. It's a no brainer though for down the road.

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