Subject: Re: updated NetBSD hardware lists
To: None <>
From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?St=E9phane?= Witzmann <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 11/15/2005 14:15:02
Andy Ruhl wrote:

> On 11/15/05, Geert Hendrickx <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 05:26:25AM -0700, Andy Ruhl wrote:
>> > The best place to know if something is supported is the mailing lists. 
>> > I do make a point of posting a dmesg to the mailing lists or describing
>> > a piece of hardware that worked for me, if possible. If everyone did
>> > that, it would be really nice. As a matter of fact, it would be really
>> > nice to have a mailing list just for making devices work, whether they
>> > are built in or add on. Something like netbsd-devices,
>> > netbsd-peripherials, whatever. Most devices don't need to be platform
>> > specific so that's a place where everyone could get together and
>> > discuss devices.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

>> The OpenBSD installer asks users to mail their dmesg to some address (I
>> think, we could do something similar to auto-generate
>> a list of supported devices?
> The problem is still that the dmesg often doesn't say what a device
> actually is as it relates to it's retail package. But that would be a
> good idea anyway.

Another problem is that the device being sucessfully probed and attached
doesn't mean it will "work" as one can expect. I had the problem with my
sound card (Turtle Beach Santa Cruz), which was correctly recognized but
didn't produce any sound. That didn't appear in the dmesg.

Stéphane Witzmann