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Old 20th February 2009
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The professional forum lurker awakes..

The title very much says it all, anyway. (late 2008 aluminium macbook)

random facts:
  • It's shiny
    It's new
    There's currently no native wireless support on bsd for it (afaik)
    I have one of those
    I'm forced to run gnu/linux bloat on it

Now.. im not going to have a damned rant on the subject, I am just looking for some advice on which snapshot or release of *BSD (freebsd preferred) i should throw at it. I've succesfully installed 7.1-Release on it, but there were some odd issues with the macbook's internal keyboard. (when I touched the internal kb it would freak out the whole user input).

The kb problem was still there after first boot so i threw Linux on it. At some point I decided to throw a snapshot of 8-current on it.. -> instant panic

Why I'm even looking to put (free)bsd on this macbook? well.. I don't really care about things like the multitouch function of the touchpad, or some hotkeys to modify screen brightness -> I would just put a tiling wm(awesome) on it and be happy.

to the main question:

Should I start asking on the mailing lists about the kb issues or just wait a year for some support to arrive?

Added info:

chipset is the newish nvidia mcp79 <- officially not yet supported?
wireless: broadcom 4322
gigabit lan: works with the nfe freebsd driver
nvidia geforce 9400M <- supported by nvidia binaries
touchpad: this is a new model (like with the macbook air, only 1 big button) <-

yeah.. this probably belongs to the hardware section.

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I'll be getting some details about the errors etc hopefully this weekend... If someone has some thoughts on running Freebsd on the new macbook, feel free to post/ask in this thread.
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