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hardware compatibility database (was Re: Do you advise me to adopt NetBSD?)
> >> 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.
This conversation reminded me that it would be very useful for me and
our audience of potential and existing users to have a database listing
hardware supported (or previously supported) by NetBSD. It could list
hardware identifications, device drivers, links to details and
documentation (man pages etc), when last verified, versions supported,
We do have lists of supported hardware within port-specific release
I have never used, but now I see: http://freebsd.0fees.net/ as an
Also see this FreeBSD example:
FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT Hardware Notes
It is pretty long. I wonder if there is a way we can generate this from
And NYCBUG has a dmesg database:
Does NetBSD have any hardware compatibility list?
Any thoughts on this?
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