Subject: Re: Recommendation on laptops, notebooks or portables for NetBSD.
To: None <>
From: Nathan J. Williams <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/17/2002 13:07:54
Chuck Yerkes <> writes:

> Quoting John Fisher (
> > I am looking to buy a new laptop or a notebook.  And was hoping that I could
> > get some recommendations on some good ones that NetBSD supports most or all of
> > the hardware on.  I have been doing as much research as I can, going through
> My Powerbook G3 ran NetBSD pretty well last I did it.
> Even to "boot net" at the ok prompt (no BIOS crap, a real
> open boot prom).  iBooks or TiBooks should work fine.
> I've seen plenty of them at UseNIX.
> Can anyone verify that current hardware works (firewire, etc)?

They work pretty well, but the hardware support isn't quite as good as
it is on the x86 laptops. Power management (even things like turning
off the display or its backlight) is nearly non-existent. Firewire,
USB, Ethernet, and 802.11 all work fine.

        - Nathan