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Re: Do you advise me to adopt NetBSD?

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM,  <> wrote:
> On 2012-10-11 16:07, Pongthep Kulkrisada wrote:
>> It lacks hardware supports for daily used devices e.g. memory stick.
> Does this mean that I won't be able to read USB memory
> sticks or SD cards from NetBSD? If this is indeed the case,
> then it is a major limitation!!!
> Are external memory media the only problematic area, or
> may I also encounter problems with printers, scanners, etc?

I have been using NetBSD since the late '90's, so I'll chime in.

The vast majority of USB storage devices on the market are supported
in my experience. There are a few cases where something doesn't work
for whatever reason, but I think this is very rare. I've never
encountered it, I only read about it on the email lists.

As far as other USB devices, I can't really say. The only ones I use
with any regularity are hubs and ethernet devices (wifi and wired),
which usually work just fine. I might use a bluetooth adapter once in
a while but I think I've only tried 2 of them and they both worked.

It is true that not all USB devices work. If not, check FreeBSD or
OpenBSD for a driver. If they have one, it probably can be ported
relatively easily. Either you can do it, or you could find some kind
soul to do it (possibly with a donation).


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