[talk] Re New Laptop

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Sun Jul 2 15:16:15 EDT 2017

On 07/02/2017 12:10, Pete Wright wrote:
> On 07/02/2017 08:04, Scott Robbins wrote:
>> On Sun, Jul 02, 2017 at 07:35:31PM +0530, Sujit K M wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 7:07 AM, fire crow <fire at firecrow.com> wrote:
>>>> I have the the Lenovo 100S 14 inch ($200), and iwm wifi works well, 
>>>> the
>>>> intel graphics driver does not work with the i915 kernel module yet 
>>>> so the
>>>> only option is vesa, and I had to install from a usb current image 
>>>> to get it
>>>> to work with efi.
>>> Don't you think vesa is outdated to use in something like 2016+ Laptop.
>> I know you're not asking me, but yes.  The Intel driver is really far
>> behind. You may have better luck with OpenBSD as far as that goes. 
>> See my
>> earlier post and link.
>> If using EFI, you may be able to use scfb
>> https://wiki.freebsd.org/Graphics/SCFB
> if running recent intel GPU's based on the i915 chipset on freebsd 
> please test out the code in this repository:
> https://github.com/FreeBSDDesktop/freebsd-base-graphics
> specifically the "drm-next" branch.  this is actively being hacked on 
> and hopefully with enough testing/exposure will get merged upstream 
> sooner rather than later.  there is lots of work here to refactor how 
> the linuxkpi is implemented to make it easier to keep the i915 code 
> closer in sync with the intel code released for linux.
> i run drm-next on all my daily drivers and it's actually quite stable 
> when watching video, browsing web and hacking on systems.

also forgot to mention that TrueOS has incorporated the drm-next code 
into their release, so that's another option if you don't want to 
actively track this repository and want to run freebsd and have fully 
hardware accelerated graphics.:



Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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