[ltp] Installing FreeBSD on T60 or similar

Robert Tomsick linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:50:51 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 26 Apr 2012, Juan Miguel Jimenez wrote:

> Hi guys and girls!
> Have any of you installed FreeBSD on a T60 or similar hardware. I m
> thinking of testing it but I m short of time now and I wanted to know if it
> is possible or there are many things to fix!

I run FreeBSD 9.0 as my primary OS on my T61 (4:3, 14.1") and it works 
great!  I realize that this is not the same hardware as is present on the 
T60, but since the T61 is newer and is also a mostly-Intel machine like 
the T60 I imagine that you should be OK.

The only thing that I'd wonder about would be the GPU.  If your T60 has an 
Intel GPU then you're fine -- both the T61 and T60 use old enough 
generations that the lack of KMS + recent drivers isn't a show-stopper -- 
but if you have an ATI GPU I have no idea what support is like.  None of 
my machines with FreeBSD have used ATI GPUs, so I can't comment as to how 
well or poorly it will work.

Oh, one other thing: docking/undocking works fine (at least it does for 
me), but hot-swapping the UltraBay doesn't seem to work.  This could be 
due to operator error though. ;)

Hope that helps.