Getting Your PC or Laptop BSD Ready

the transition from Windows to an alternative operating system is sometimes a difficult task. There are many factors to consider before making changes. This article will help you determine how to best prepare for the use of hardware in BSD, especially FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

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Why leave behind Windows? For most people the answer to this question will be due to aging hardware and the increasing computing demands of evolving software suites. For others, it's the thrill of doing something else with your computer, that will amaze your friends. In short, there are many reasons for the closure of Windows and try something else. But where to start?

Choosing the right operating system

stepping away from the world of Windows and Unix / Linux / BSD is not a step taken lightly. These free operating systems are almost always far more secure than their proprietary counterparts, but usually come with a steeper learning curve. Some of the more popular choices are Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

The best place to start is to search the website for alternative operating systems. FreeBSD is the first non-Windows OS that I was exposed, and so it is one that I return to time and again. It is, perhaps, still not the best choice as a personal computer, but it is the best choice when looking for a system that will function as a server, gateway or router. Yes, given the right wireless interface FreeBSD system can function as a wireless router for your home. But that's not all. For more, check the FreeBSD or PC-BSD website.

Things to do - very important stuff too

before closing your previous operating system, it takes time for a list of hardware on your computer. This simple step can save a lot of frustration and headaches. There are several different methods that can be used, often the model number and serial number can lead to the manufacturer's website where the system characteristics will be listed out. This is perhaps the simplest solution, but there are other methods. If the computer is running Windows, you can view the hardware manager, and a list of important components:. Graphics card, network card (s), sound card, and all specialty cards such as the TV input that may be present

The most important thing to note with this are the manufacturers and model numbers. There is nothing worse than installing a new operating system only to find later on networking card installed in your system does not funkcionira.Prvi time I put FreeBSD on the laptop I was unable to verify the wireless podršku.Kartica is supported, but the methods for getting active to a bit scary. But the best thing about BSD is that it is really hard to break. I can crash the desktop operating system and just continue to chug along. Once the list is created, then what's next?

Discovery - not only channel on TV

for BSD distributions, they usually have a very active mailing list where new users can ask pitanja.Najbolji part of the migration in the world of computing is not just the operating system is free, but often the mailing list can provide all technical support May a person needs. The reason this is mentioned here because you need a source to turn to when you can not find the answer you need.

but be prepared to do some research here, the best place to start is with a search engine and a few key words. Enter the name of the operating system you have selected the manufacturer and model of hardware you are looking for. Often its best to include OS version you're using too much, there are times that the results can be returned to the versions that are 10 + years. There are many systems that will be junk to a Windows user, but serve as a major gateway or router to another.

When searching, try to determine if there are many problems with hardware or if it just works. I'm working on the development of resources just for this, to help customers determine if their hardware is compatible with BSD. This project is just in its infancy, but keep an eye on the FreeBSD mailing lists, it will be posted there, as well as other BSD mailing list.

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