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OpenBSD on a laptop
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-11-03 18:30:23

You won't find nearly as many online resources about setting up OpenBSD, because honestly, you really don't need any. Unlike much of Linux and FreeBSD, the included manuals are high quality, coherent, and filled with practical examples. You also need very little third party software to do basic tasks - almost everything you need is well-integrated into the base system.

You'll notice that many features that require toil to achieve on FreeBSD, such as suspend on lid close, working volume buttons, and decent battery life, work out of the box on OpenBSD. You can tell the developers actually use this thing on their personal devices.

And while the official OpenBSD FAQ has all you need to get an installation up and running, it takes a bit of grinding to massage the base installation into a seamless laptop experience. So, I wrote this guide to give you a jump start. Things should just work as long as you have a non-bleeding-edge, semi-mainstream laptop, but ThinkPads are your best bet. Enjoy!

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Best with Intel graphics...
By cb88 on 2018-11-03 21:36:48
Unfortunately AMD graphics support is lagging quite a bit behind Intel on OpenBSD perhaps that will change now that you can buy decent AMD laptops with integrated graphics again.
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No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By devloop on 2018-11-04 03:43:50
kills the deal.
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RE: No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By cb88 on 2018-11-04 05:41:15
Theo De Raadt.. is a well known ass. But man he writes some good clean code. I don't really have any qualms about saying OpenBSD is one of the cleanest well documented Unix OSes in existence. It's a pleasure to install and setup as well.

You realize that the only reason this clean OS exists because of a clash some 23+ years ago with the NetBSD project of which he was one of 3 founders... again over personal conduct, if they had gotten along instead of ousting him NetBSD would probably be even better than it is. However that isn't to say that the current situation is bad either as the projects actually do share code and drivers, maintaining a sort of amicable separation in development however.

That leads me to conclude that CoC are useless... for several reasons, 1. They wont change people, 2. they will be abused just as any political power is, 3. Just like licenses they are a distraction from actual development, 4. most CoC ban violator in such a way that future cooperation is impossible 5. society itself is already an effective CoC... basically mob justice but if you act like a jerk for no reason or bad reasons people will call you out on it, but if you act like a jerk for reasons they can relate to... perhaps you have a point. CoC set in stone and administered by the biased are nothing but censorship.

Edited 2018-11-04 05:44 UTC
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RE: Best with Intel graphics...
By Sidux on 2018-11-04 09:33:41
Not keeping my hopes up unfortunately.
The most support it will come from them it will be for their latest line of products.
Even on Linux and Windows AMD support hasn't been stellar for older products from their lineup (including their APU lineup).
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RE: No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By joekiser on 2018-11-04 09:58:53
Why?
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RE: No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By smashIt on 2018-11-04 11:44:58
> No commitment to Social Justice, no COC, pure skill.

Seals the deal!


I fixed it for you ;)
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RE: No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By ameasures on 2018-11-04 12:09:20
For me: not being distracted by "Social Justice" is a strength for an open source project.

Martin Luther King said something along the lines that people should be judged by their character and not their skin color. IMHO open source should be produced on the basis of the quality of the code rather than any snapshot of someone's private political perspective.

Open source is intrinsically equal opportunity and most projects (AFAIR) are immensely grateful for contributions from anyone. In this context good manners are essential; and of course every BDFL will make decisions that are unpopular decisions from time to time.
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RE: Best with Intel graphics...
By stormcrow on 2018-11-04 12:18:22
OpenBSD also doesn't have TRIM support which is a must-have on many newer laptops (and desktops) these days for their SSD. There's also no power management support (yet? unless that changed in 6.4) for Ryzen systems. This keeps it off my main desktop (Ryzen 5 1600 w/ SSD) and my main laptop (has an SSD).
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RE: No commitment to Social Justice and no COC...
By gan17 on 2018-11-04 14:30:47
Frankly, while I'm all for diversity, this CoC thing really does seem like it's aimed at getting a clique of incompetent coders into good/powerful positions within influential open source projects. If I was Theo (or Linus) and headed a project that's essentially my life's work, why would I hand over power to some group of people who can arbitrarily say what kind of behaviour is accepted or not?

Edited 2018-11-04 14:32 UTC
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Needs TRIM
By Drunkula on 2018-11-04 16:43:19
Interesting. But the lack of trim support is a deal breaker IMHO.
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