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Re: Can I use NetBSD as a desktop system?
On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 03:03:47PM -0300, SOUL_OF_ROOT 55 wrote:
> Can I use NetBSD as a desktop system?
> I used it for a few years, starting with NetBSD 4, and was pretty happy about it.
> Now I don't use because:
> - My wifi is not supported, after my hardware changed. (NetBSD has been
historically weak with atheros.)
You mean athn? I have MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard with onboard Realtek 8111E/8168 Ethernet and Atheros 9271 (quasi-)USB wifi.
I have used this Atheros 9271 wifi with NetBSD, but most of the time it failed to load firmware. Now I have to disable athn through either userconf or kernel config, or boot hangs.
But Realtek Ethernet works; I use 25 ft Ethernet cable because of physical location of the computer. I have to use ifconfig and route directly because dhcpcd and dhclient don't work.
Generic kernel just reboots immediately, no chance to even get to userconf. So now when I update from source, I don't build the generic kernel.
> - There are nagging issues with laptop touchpad making it impossible to
even type smoothly. This may not be a problem for a desktop though.
> - This is a problem for some, wasn't for me: No chromium browser. I could
make do with firefox. I still use firefox though I use Linux now.
I noticed chromium browser in FreeBSD ports but not pkgsrc. I'd like to try it some time, on FreeBSD or Linux.
> - This may or may not matter: I use user space file system encryption with
incremental backup using cryfs which is not available on NetBSD. (There
is a thread on this on this list.) There are alternatives on NetBSD, but
they do not meet my requirement as aptly as cryfs does.
But I got a good desktop on NetBSD-current (8.99.1) amd64 including Firefox and Seamonkey, have been able to watch YouTube videos, which is not to say I would be successful with all YouTube videos.
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