Appendix B. A Note On Hardware Support

A Note On Hardware Support

“How’s the hardware support?” I tend to hear that a lot, and my answer is usually, “In my experience, OpenBSD and other free systems tend to just work.”

But for some reason, there’s a general perception that going with free software means that getting hardware components to work will be a serious struggle. In the past, there was some factual basis for this. I remember struggling to install FreeBSD 2.0.5 on the hardware I had available. I was able to boot off the installation CD, but the install never completed because my CD drive wasn’t fully supported.

But that was back in June 1995, when PC CD drives usually ...

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