[quote author=GhostDawg link=board=10;threadid=5569;start=0#54352 date=1038120689]
I been thinking of trying FreeBSD out also, and had a few questions.
Does Free use same Linux kernel and do you have to configure it for your hardware?
No and yes. FreeBSD uses the FreeBSD kernel, which is based upon the BSD 4.4 kernel from years back. You may have to recompile your kernel like in Linux, but do know it's a bit easier. You copy a default configuration file to whatever you want to name your kernel, uncomment the drivers you need, and compile with the typical make and make install. Any time you want to recompile your kernel, even after you do an upgrade, the file will remain so you needn't do any subsequent configuration unless you wish to add or remove new drivers. Here is a section of the default configuration file.
# PCI Ethernet NICs.
device de # DEC/Intel DC21x4x (``Tulip'')
device em # Intel PRO/1000 adapter Gigabit Ethernet Card (
device txp # 3Com 3cR990 (``Typhoon'')
device vx # 3Com 3c590, 3c595 (``Vortex'')
# PCI Ethernet NICs that use the common MII bus controller code.
# NOTE: Be sure to keep the 'device miibus' line in order to use these NICs!
device miibus # MII bus support
device dc # DEC/Intel 21143 and various workalikes
device fxp # Intel EtherExpress PRO/100B (82557, 82558)
device pcn # AMD Am79C97x PCI 10/100 NICs
device rl # RealTek 8129/8139
device sf # Adaptec AIC-6915 (``Starfire'')
device sis # Silicon Integrated Systems SiS 900/SiS 7016
device ste # Sundance ST201 (D-Link DFE-550TX)
device tl # Texas Instruments ThunderLAN
device tx # SMC EtherPower II (83c170 ``EPIC'')
device vr # VIA Rhine, Rhine II
device wb # Winbond W89C840F
device xl # 3Com 3c90x (``Boomerang'', ``Cyclone'')
device bge # Broadcom BCM570x (``Tigon III'')
I'm not sure what you mean by this. The installer is similar to Debian's and probably Slackware's. I would recommend becoming proficient with Linux before trying out FreeBSD, although some have went straight to FreeBSD without problems.
All you have to do is follow the iinstallation routine to install it?
Don't count on it. I believe there are a few winmodem drivers for FreeBSD, but not many. (I can't remember where they are if they even exist.) I would really recommend going out and buying a hardware modem. It's worth the money, and not just so you can use FreeBSD. I bought mine for about $50 and haven't regretted it yet.
What about my Lucent Winmodem, will I be able to use the drivers that I use with Linux?