...MIPS has sailed - MIPS Technologies has no intent to provide non-blob drivers and Broadcom has scaled back MIPS greatly.
What's the point in using 32bit hardware...
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You can not change the CPU in laptops, and I have several ones using 32 bits. Performance is enough for the job, and changing them costs money and adds pollution to the environment. There should be a very good reason to throw away a working system and getting a new one.What's the point in using 32bit hardware, when it's slow compared to what's available? At least switch out the CPU. Maybe it's not so easy to upgrade a 32bit CPU to a 64bit CPU in different geographical markets? I guess someone has to cross-build source-code for others.
The idea of supporting various architectures is good, and that's interesting information.
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I am running 10.3 AMD-64 with ZFS and fully encrypted disk.
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Using Firefox, Adobe Flash seems iffy. Some sites, which I think use Flash, seem to work. But I often get the message that I need to have flash installed.
autofs(5) provides this but you need to enable it yourself. Maybe the installer could have an option to enable it automatically, like with the new hardening options in FreeBSD 11.0.1) access CD/DVDs right after install
2) access USB devices, especially thumb drives, right after install
3) access NTFS drives, at least to read, without a lot of trouble
Well I just downloaded the new NVIDIA driver for FreeBSD for NVIDIA's web site. So I would say they are a little bit Open source friendly. BTW, I have an Intel Q35 graphics card that DOESN'T work with FreeBSD -11 but works with TrueOS and OpenBSD !!!So yeah, you seem to be getting the general idea...
And you lost it. There's other blocking issues here and there, yes but the big one glaring at us in the face at the moment is the fact that you still need to reimplement the kernel features. You still seem to not understand that neither AMD nor Intel provide us with kernel drivers. They don't. I've looked into this. So no matter what, the people in FreeBSD maintaining the graphics stack have to play persistent game of catch-up with Linux - Linux releases a new kernel with new merged AMD/Intel code, and we have to reimplement that. Which may be trivial or not. I'm not a graphics developer, so I am not sure.
And you seem to be stuck on AMD. AMD sucks on FreeBSD. Use Intel or Nvidia. I've never had a single AMD card work properly *and* perform well. I've had the former, never the latter. I blame AMD's crappy GPU and CPU architectures, as of late, and their complete and utter disconnect with the gaming community. Nvidia may not be open source friendly but the hiccups they've given are zilch. Ditto for Intel.
dummynetas traffic shaper/limiter by mask: integrate it with
pfas it does with
ipfw(it's extremely useful for shaping per ip/customer).
ng_nat, but all of them has various weakness.
pf nat, for example, still needs in ftp-proxy to FTP work,
natdobsolete due works in user-space,
ipfw natneeds multiple instances for works at multi-processor systems,
ng_natis far from ideal when you needs in dynamic configuration of it. What I want is something works at SMP, in ipfw, configuring via tables (something like "
ipfw table add $number $srcip $dstip",
ipfw nat to dst-ip table($number,dstip) from table($number,srcip) to any"
ipfwstates synchronization mechanisms, like it done with
conntrackd. Improved dynamic rules/sessions management instruments - not only current
ipfw -d show, but instument with any manipulation, like Linux's
netmap-related things. According to documentation, it's a perfectly good, but there is almost none of production examples. Seems like no one understand (sorry, Luigi Rizzo) how it uses!
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I can't see the benefit of getting on their case for something which is not really part of their mandate.