Eee and BSD

Gerard van Essen found an appropriately titled page: EeeBSD, talking about running FreeBSD on an Eee PC. The issues appear the same for NetBSD and DragonFly – networking is the only real issue. Anyone familiar with my interest in small computers will realize I am this close to buying one of these little things.

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  1. ddpbsd says:

    Get one. I bought a 4GB version not too long ago and I’m loving it so far.

  2. ddpbsd says:

    And the cloudbook ( seems to have Realtek based networking built in. So maybe it’s a better choice.

  3. JGarcia says:

    If half the stuff doesn’t work, then what’s the point? Seems like half the drivers are beta and stuff like that. I’d totally get one if everything was supported (including the webam – an area where there’s very little support under BSD) and in the base system.

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  5. DiNoR says:

    I own an Asus Eee-pc 900 (16GB SSD, CPU Celeron)
    I have managed till now to install several linux distros, FreeBSD and PC-BSD.
    In linux distros, some are exclusive for Asus Eee PC, like Eeedora etc.

    About BSD i have managed to install FreeBSD 7.0 and PC-BSD 7.0 using UNetbootin that you can find here

    Wireless, ethernet, webcam is not working on FreeBSD, but using the guide you mentioned before you can make Wireless working by recompiling kernel with madwifi driver.
    Personally, since wireless is working i don’t mind if Camera or Ethernet don’t.

    About PC-BSD, it was an easy and fast installation, same as FreeBSD here too but wireless is working, you don’t need to compile anything.
    I haven’t tested it very much cause PC-BSD is using KDE window manager KWin and it makes it a little slow, so i have reinstalled FreeBSD 7.0