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Old 18th March 2016
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Default Best BSD for my Lenovo G50-80 laptop?

Hello.

Which BSD would be the best for my Lenovo G50-80 laptop? When I bought it in the end of October or so, I first tried OpenBSD 5.8, but it was somewhat slow, didn't support wireless ad-hoc mode or hardware video acceleration, had old software packages and C++ libraries, and I couldn't get webcams (built-in or an external USB) to work. I also tried NetBSD and DragonFly BSD, but I recall neither supported the wireless card, and one didn't support the graphics.

Later, some time ago, I tried FreeBSD 11-CURRENT, but it didn't support the graphics or wlan either.

Now I'm considering trying NetBSD or DragonFly BSD again, if they have better hardware support now. Which one would be better, or should I still wait some time and try OpenBSD 5.9 or wait for a newer FreeBSD release?

Some desirable features would be hardware support, a comprehensive and up-to-date set of software packages, good C++ support, and using LLVM instead of GCC.

What kind of virtualization and Boost C++ Library support do they have? For example, do they support Boost::Asio?
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Old 18th March 2016
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Since your list hardware support as your main goal, it would suggest starting with a listing of the chipsets in your laptop. This can be done several ways:
1) Provide the list
2) Link the manufacturer's website
3) Boot a live cd and post the dmesg/pciconf/lspci. A linux live cd is more likely to have the widest hardware support.
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Linux lspci says:
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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Host Bridge -OPI (rev 08)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics (rev 08)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Audio Controller (rev 08)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP USB xHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP MEI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev e3)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #3 (rev e3)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #4 (rev e3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP LPC Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Wildcat Point-LP SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 10)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 3160 (rev 93)
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OpenBSD

The project is not likely to add any ad hoc support to any existing WiFi drivers. I cannot recall seeing any demand for it or development for it discussed on misc@ or tech@.

802.11n support has been added to the Intel iwn(4) and iwm(4) drivers for 5.9.

There's an updated clang/llvm which will be in 6.0 -- llvm 3.7.1 was commited March 5. I've been using gcc 4.9.3 for c++11 or gnu++11 requirements.

I haven't used boost libraries myself, though of course boost may be pulled in as a build dependency. The version for OpenBSD 5.8 and 5.9 is boost 1.58.

If you like C++ IDEs, there's an updated code::blocks for 5.9, and there is an updated qt-creator in development right now for 6.0. I maintain the former, and am currently testing the latter for the new maintainer.

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I think the Broadwell Video (Intel 5500) is the show stopper.
FreeBSD Graphics
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OpenBSD recently had some commits in current that used a more recent version of the linux kernel drivers but I can't seem to find it right now.
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OpenBSD recently had some commits ...
Yes, per www.openbsd.org/59.html,
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inteldrm(4) has been updated to Linux 3.14.52 adding initial support for Bay Trail and Broadwell graphics.
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OpenBSD

If I recall Broadwell support is incomplete (?3D acceleration) but useable.
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OpenBSD supports the 3160 and 7260 in both n and ac varieties since 5.8. NetBSD supports them in a very unstable and experimental way in "-current". Their driver code doesn't handle wpa properly yet. FreeBSD is the one that lacks support for those wifi cards.
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