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Re: NetBSD-5, snapshot or head?
> The NetBSD 5.1 release is 1 year old. What iso do you
> advise to install for a new system, NetBSD-5,
> daily snapshot or head?
> Do you have any experiences in terms of "usability"
> following the NetBSD-head for i386?
> I'd planning to install it on an old laptop for
> desktop and some development (Python).
> I'm much more interested on features
> instead of stability (I can tolerate some issue).
> Do the new features in head are often back ported
> to NetBSD-5-1? Or again, do the head is stable enough
> for daily use?
> Thank you.
> All the best,
NetBSD gained read-write support for Linux ext2fs subsequent to 5.1 release.
This support was included in 5.1_STABLE and current (head).
So the only two possibilities are NetBSD-5 and head snapshots.
But I have a screen-blanking problem. With 5.1_STABLE, screen goes blank after
30 seconds, and I have to type, with screen not functioning, from a root
In order to be able to go into X, I need to have VESA framebuffer enabled in
But still, when going into X and subsequently returning to text mode, screen
remains dark in both 5.1_STABLE and HEAD. I can get back a semi-usable screen
with no cursor with vbetool in 5.1_STABLE but not HEAD.
So NetBSD is only marginally usable on my older (i386) computer.
FreeBSD 8.2 didn't have these problems.
On my newer computer (Intel Sandy Bridge chipset), I had even less luck with
NetBSD 5.1_STABLE and HEAD.
I got 5.1_STABLE to boot, installed on a USB stick, but it immediately rebooted
when I tried to go into X. HEAD would always hang on trying to boot.
When FreeBSD 9.0-BETA1 was released, I went for that; now I have no NetBSD at
all on the new computer hard disk.
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