A few FreeBSD n00b questions
I recently started using FreeBSD and I have some pending questions if anyone would like to tackle them.
1) I installed 64bit, but now I find that 64bit does not support framebuffer or higher resolution in the console using something like kldload vesa, etc. Are there really any benefits of running 64bit on a personal desktop?
2) I think I prefer to use ports after trying both ports and packages, even though it does take a hell of a long time to build xorg + gnome2 on a fresh install (just finished after ~12hrs!) Somewhere I saw mentioned 'portupgrade'. How safe is this to use regularly? Does it recompile the upgraded components as needed?
3) what other tools should I know about for keeping my machine up to date, both ports and the core OS?
thanks in advance