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  1. Hi guys,
  2.  
  3. I am a long term listener of the show and have met you at some EuroBSD
  4. conferences in the past.
  5.  
  6. I am already well on my way converting to BSD land of things from Linux
  7. having converted all my network and server machines to a BSD OS,
  8. but like most (I think) I am still struggling with client machines in
  9. the form of laptops where I have found Ubuntu Linux to let me use most
  10. of the daily peripherals like printers/scanners/cameras SDCards,
  11. attending an online conference or doing an interview etc. etc. to be
  12. less painless and more close to the main stream Windows and Macintosh
  13. machines. Yes I did try bleeding edge releases of PC-BSD in the past
  14. but probably that did not work because of the vast variety of hardware
  15. and some peculiarities in the same model and those combinations in my
  16. laptop in particular.
  17.  
  18. Anyway I am writing to say that the latest version of TrueOS is
  19. actually very-very close to having me replace Ubuntu on my laptop. What
  20. I mean is it works the screen resolution is what I get Linux or Windows
  21. the hplip functions as expected, email, etc is all standard, sounds
  22. seems to work as well, Lumina seems nice too, and I just have to
  23. say ...WOW... Kudos to Kris and the team for their excellent work over
  24. the years and especially for this latest incarnation of FreeBSD for the
  25. desktop/laptop. I especially like the fact that you are now going to be
  26. following the bleeding edge stuff on the tree and one will get quicker
  27. access to new features and hardware. I have to also mention
  28. documentation here as well because the first time I opened that on a
  29. PC-BSD 9.x I felt weird... what I mean is I did not expect to find
  30. anything that good and detailed for something I downloaded for free
  31. from the web .... past experience I guess , so I felt like I stole
  32. something maybe and there will certainly be a pop-up or two to start
  33. making donations NOW .
  34.  
  35. We, people in IT, spend a lot of time talking about all kinds of issues
  36. and important concerns like: security, performance, data integrity,
  37. throughput, ability to configure/modify your system etc. etc. but one
  38. thing trumps them all when you need a computer to do something you
  39. pretty much care only about _that_ and the rest of it takes second
  40. place. This is where I think Kris's efforts and quite naturally the
  41. efforts of all people working on FreeBSD the other BSDs and open source
  42. really help, but the proper packaging become critical to the
  43. adoption/growth and long term viability of a technology. Ubuntu is very
  44. good at that and I am happy to see BSD land has its player too.
  45.  
  46. If I can now have my full toolchain on my favorite OS with the
  47. virtualization capabilities etc. I am able to experience a lot of the
  48. issues and possibilities first hand and build a more intimate
  49. relationship .... hehe that sound weird ... with the OS. What I mean by
  50. that is people trust what they run and are used to fixing on a daily
  51. basis the most.
  52.  
  53. Now to my question:
  54.  
  55. My laptop is a Lenovo x140e with an AMD processor and an ATI graphics
  56. card, for the WIFI I use a USB adapter as the default one does not work.
  57.  
  58. So my problem is that when I hookup my larger 23" Samsung monitor with
  59. a 1920x1080 resolution I can only get 1024x768 max on it. Needless to
  60. say that is not ideal. I can see some errors in the dmesg, included
  61. below, that may indicate whether the issue lies but I am not exactly
  62. sure how to decipher those and whether playing with X or xrandr
  63. configuration would have an effect, xrandr modelines was not successful
  64. so far, and let me increase the maximum size for the device.
  65.  
  66. Also as a general question something that I struggle with when let's
  67. say I look online and try to find a replacement wireless NIC that would
  68. be supported by FreeBSD what are the steps or process I should take.
  69.  
  70. What've concluded so far is that resellers would publish some general
  71. information like the version number and speed support but may not have
  72. a revision number or any other technical details from that I can go to
  73. Intel/etc. and try to get the specs for the devices and possible a few
  74. of its revisions. Then I can try to browse the source code and read the
  75. man pages to figure out what are my chances, but this last part is
  76. where it gets uncomfortable it feels like a lottery draw.
  77.  
  78. Anyway if you can share how you do that for your machines that would be
  79. great i.e. pick hardware.
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