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Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#1 Post by Tasurinchi » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:27 pm

As the title says...

I got curious about the above mentioned OS's and was wondering which ThinkPad generation would be good to start playing with them?

I was guessing some older Core2Duo or 1 Core i gen would suits best. To start with I'd like to use hardware that is soported ootb and if I like it, learn the tricks for newer hardware later.

Thanks a lot in advance for any hints! :wink:
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Re: Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#2 Post by Dekks » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:56 pm

For Free/OpenBSD roughly anything that has an ipw2200 intel wifi onward till machines 2 or 3 years old. NetBSD is really a server OS AFAIK.
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Re: Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#3 Post by Tasurinchi » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:26 am

Dekks wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:56 pm
For Free/OpenBSD roughly anything that has an ipw2200 intel wifi onward till machines 2 or 3 years old.
That new? I may give it a try in a T420/T420s probably... I was expecting it would be safer on older hardware and was cleaning up my xx00 gen machines...

Thanks for the hint! :thumbs-UP:
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Re: Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#4 Post by Dekks » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:55 am

look up man iwm that covers which of the newer intel wifi chipsets that openBSD covers, but be aware that due to the intel meltdown bug and the subsequent fallout OpenBSD disables hyper-threading by default and that hits performance.

Also there is https://www.openbsd.org/amd64.html
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Re: Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#5 Post by Tasurinchi » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:03 pm

Thanks! I saw the link for downloads, I was only curious which would be the easiest hardware platform.
Dekks wrote:
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... and that hits performance.
Top performance is not relevant for the moment, is just for toying around.
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Re: Which ThinkPad gen suits best for Net/Free/OpenBSD?

#6 Post by zerotetration » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:36 pm

I find that the T60, X61, T61, R61 machines work perfectly with OpenBSD. I have not tried NetBSD or FreeBSD on them. I may be trying NetBSD someday soon but I am very happy with OpenBSD. Everything works, including suspend to disk, hibernate, Thinklight, sd card slot (if applicable). Extremely stable. Run for weeks at a time without reboot or shutdown (just hibernate or suspend).

In fact I just made a post in the marketplace forum offering these machines with OpenBSD installed and configured for sale. If anybody is interested please PM me. I have been using an X61 with a custom configured GUI you will find no-where else for more than a year. It meets all of my daily computing needs (online use through a browser, image management and manipulation, word processing, printing, remote server management over SSH, and more).

Will only ship to US customers, unless you pay shipping if international, in which case it probably is not worth it for you.

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