Chapter 4 Hardware compatibility

Table of Contents
4.1 General
4.2 Architectures and processors
4.3 Hard drives, tape drives, and CD and DVD drives
4.4 Keyboards and mice
4.5 Networking and serial devices
4.6 Sound devices
4.7 Other hardware

4.1 General

4.1.1. I want to get a piece of hardware for my FreeBSD system. Which model/brand/type is best?

4.1.1. I want to get a piece of hardware for my FreeBSD system. Which model/brand/type is best?

This is discussed continually on the FreeBSD mailing lists. Since hardware changes so quickly, however, we expect this. We still strongly recommend that you read through the Hardware notes for FreeBSD 7.0 or 6.3 and search the mailing list archives before asking about the latest and greatest hardware. Chances are a discussion about the type of hardware you are looking for took place just last week.

If you are looking for a laptop, check the FreeBSD-mobile mailing list archives. Otherwise, you probably want the archives for FreeBSD-questions, or possibly a specific mailing list for a particular hardware type.

This, and other documents, can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/doc/.

For questions about FreeBSD, read the documentation before contacting <questions@FreeBSD.org>.
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