I’ve used OpenBSD as my daily desktop for a long while, with very few breaks in between. Even if this means throwing a vm up in vmware on windows. Every single time I need to install/reinstall windows on a separate disk on my laptop it takes the better part of a day and a half to get all the drivers, updates, etc running as expected. It’s to the point where I wonder why people ever use anything other than OpenBSD. Linux went ahead and installed over my primary openbsd disk one time without asking me… I had openbsd back up and running the way I like it in a couple hours. Simply put, it works so you can spend time being productive and not waste time being a knob twirler sysadmin.
Really? I find WIndows is very good about drivers. Most of the time, the only driver I’ve needed to install manually is Catalyst, and the rest come in through Windows Update or preinstalled. The secret is to install a version of Windows newer than your hardware. After that, it’s just updates.
Really really. It’s hard to download drivers from Windows Update without a working network connection. Thanks for the tips on windows though.
Most of the time it doesn’t happen for me, Intel and Realtek stuff comes up trivialy, and I’ve gotten Ethernet drivers from 2003 working on WIndows 7. Either have an alternate network controller or have the network driver available offline.
Linux went ahead and installed over my primary openbsd disk one time without asking me
Did you file a bug report on that?
It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
Link to the github repo for the configs is fixed now.
Thanks, useful article.
It’d be nice if the trackpoint worked out of the box.
Ya, I haven’t followed up with them to see what it would take to detect and auto-generate that for X. I suspect it’s probably not “within the scope” of how OpenBSD operates since their focus is to provide sane secure defaults with the default OS install.
We would (especially for Thinkpads) if it was something that needed a lot of configuration, like this that just went in the other day, but it looks like from your config that you’re just setting some preferences. You can do those with synclient in an .xinitrc or similar, or from within an xorg.conf.
Oh awesome. I will look into this. I’d be interested in improving the default experience.
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Good to know, I’ll make a note of that in the post and update the configs accordingly.
Has anyone had much luck installing OpenBSD on an x220 with Intel HD graphics? Last time I tried (probably with OpenBSD 5.4) I couldn’t seem to get video acceleration working.
5.5 snapshots ran fine on my x230 w/Intel HD gfx… though, I’m not sure if video acceleration was working. I was able to run Gnome3, so I think that counts?
Whoa, I installed 5.6 and it worked without a hitch. I also took the opportunity to switch over to cwm after using ratpoison for awhile… a reminder of how nice the defaults are.
I have run accelerated graphics on my x220 for a while now. Check the perms on your /dev/drm* As it turns out I have “Intel HD Graphics 3000”
Lots of luck, daily.
Only think that i had issues with is my realtek wireless but i use a usb dongle to connect wirelessly until someone takes care of it.
This is about the same experience on my X201 as well. Multiple monitors was quirky though.
Useful article, I’ve also moved away from the ThinkPad + GNU/Linux combo in favor of a Macbook running OSX but I find myself missing certain things sometimes. I’ve never run a BSD on real hardware, but looking at eBay’s listings suggests that a setup like this might be ideal for me. Bookmarked.