Hi, After waiting quite a while, I've finally gotten around to installing FreeBSD 11 on my laptop. (There was some issues with the wifi support that was preventing me from using it, but those have since been resolved)
I have 2 questions:
1) Does Google Hangouts work? I've tried with Chromium and it just gives me a blank screen. I did install webcamd/cuse and was able to load my webcam up with pwcview, so that works fine. I'd love to be able to use this.

2) Is there any support for Nvidia Optimus? My laptop does not have a BIOS option to turn off the nvidia card. On Linux I use bumblebee.


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This tutorial shows you how to create and configure FreeBSD jail on FreeNAS Corral 10 from command line. https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/how-to-install-and-configure-jails-on-freenas-corral-10/

FreeBSD 10.3 was released today ! GO freebsd-update -r 10.3-RELEASE upgrade :)

(not announced yet)

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Microsoft ? Euh ok :D

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I love reading old commit messages

Just a quick questionnaire: do you people use any other full-feature browser than Chromium or Firefox? Want to share your experiences?

I've experimented with the following:

www/midori - works, but requires extra gstreamer plugins to be installed for HTML5 video playback. Must tweak user interface to make it less horrible. Ad blocking supported only with a static file, which means extra work if you want an up-to-date ad blocker.

www/qupzilla-qt5 - broken, crashes if you open more than one tab

Next I am going to try compiling and installing Dooble, which is a "security and privacy enhanced" browser. There is no port for it, so I guess I have to make one.

I gave FreeBSD 11-CURRENT (November 30, 2015 snapshot) a try on my Clevo W110ER laptop. I had a 250 GB SSD for it so I installed ZFS on it with the 4K sectors (seems to force that now? Anyway that's cool if it helps with throughput.) I added GELI and full disk encryption while I was at it and found it worked fairly fast anyway (My CPU's got AES-NI capability)

Took some messing about to get the desktop working, but the worst part was the wifi. I had to add "-ht" to the line because half the time the wifi didn't come up. (I have a Centrino Wireless 135N). I did attempt to set up lagg(4) to do link aggregation failover between the wired and wifi but the driver was having none of it. A few annoying little things:

1. Keyboard layout of US in Xorg. I had to add a file in /usr/local/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ to use GB (United Kingdom) layout. Fortunately, having lived in the States before and used an American keyboard I know how to get to the ", ',@, and \ keys :D

2. Firefox, when streaming anything (whether it's video or audio) via HTML5, ramps the CPU up to 100% or more (I have 8 cores) and makes the fan turn on high speed. Chrome, on the other hand doesn't seem to suffer from this problem. I suspect gstreamer is the problem. Also, if you ever accidentally remove a gstreamer plugin or library and you forget which one, you'll never be able to stream audio again from firefox. I searched everywhere, coudn't find an authoritative answer on which gstreamer packaged needed to be in there.

3. No easy way to do any kind of Nvidia optimus. I'm not sure how PC-BSD implements this but there was no clear direction. I did try to mess about with virtualgl but couldn't get it quite working the way I wanted.

4. Heavy editing of /boot/loader.conf. I had to keep adding more modules in for my hardware to get functionality. On the whole, FreeBSD supported more than OpenBSD did in this case. Such as HDMI support for the sound driver (the azalia(4) driver in OpenBSD doesn't, sadly), I had to add in stuff like coretemp, and mmc to get it to do sensors on the cpu and be able to use the sdcard reader.. would be nice if it detected these and added the appropriate modules or at least advised you.

Once it was all set up, it was pretty rock solid. Would be nice to do the 3D gaming in it, but maybe once the Nvidia Optimus / virtualgl stuff is more straightforward and the wireless actually works properly.
(The OpenBSD iwn(4) driver is a good place to start! FreeBSD should import that rather than faffing about with the Linux driver! It does 802.11n now!)

I did set up powerd to use hiadaptive for AC and adaptive on battery, but found it still ran a little hot. Maybe not doing as much power saving as I had hoped, but all in all most things worked. I'm quite happy with that.

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Complete but unreviewed first draft PDF, offered at a discount for early purchase. When the book is completed, early purchasers will be able to download the final version from their tiltedwindmillpress.com account


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Semihalf is happy to present the first blog post from the planned series of topics covering interesting facts about porting  #FreeBSD   to armv8 architecture.

_We're glad to announce that the Cavium ThunderX system has become the first ARMv8 hardware that runs FreeBSD.

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