A recent poll showed that almost half of the partipants use mobile, the other larger fraction uses mobile and desktop simultaneously.

Now it is time for a clearer picture for mobile users.

My last time with was in 2011. Was fun but didn't support my laptop as good as Linux.

@7daq0 Can totally recommend checking it out again! There has been a lot of progress the past ten years.

If you virtualize it: do not use VirtualBox for OpenBSD - it has some weird issues. Other hypervisors aren't a problem AFAIK. Although Puff likes to swim free, bare metal is the best :)

I have an Eee PC. Methinks this might be fun. Guess I will find another more modern machine too. :blobparty:

@7daq0 Those are perfect. If I remember correctly, @claudiom runs OpenBSD on an Eee PC (if not, apologies Claudio!).

Most amd64 hardware with generic network interfaces tend to work. Personally, I've had very good experiences with Intel interfaces. Both wired (em, xl) and wireless (iwn, iwm, iwx). Non-Intel hardware can be perfect too. Check the manpages to be sure.


I am not a developer, by the way. Just a stoked user for the last two decades. Oh and a permanent 'wearer' of Puffy.

@h3artbl33d @7daq0 No apologies necessary! I do, in fact, run OpenBSD on my Eee PC 901! The only thing that it doesn't support is Bluetooth but there is a workaround where you can use a Bluetooth USB dongle. The only issue I'm facing now is web browser support, but for everything else, it's still quite useful.

@claudiom @7daq0 Thanks for the thoughtful reply! Regarding bluetooth, OpenBSD doesn't have a bluetooth stack. However, you can get BT audio working with the Creative BT-W{1,2}.

Browser support for i386 (x86) is lacking, but I consider that to be a more wide issue, not really OpenBSD related. Unfortunately, modern browsers have become resource hoggers, "older" systems might not be equipped to handle that properly.

Strictly personal: I find it interesting to use 'old' hardware too and see how far it can be pushed. Even if it's just experimental or educational purposes :flan_cool:

Strictly personal: I find it awful that we buy devices like the Eee PC that are useful at their time but some years later we have difficulties to use them albeit they still work. :blobthinkingeyes: :blobshrug:

Lack of browser is suboptimal. :blobsweat:

@7daq0 @h3artbl33d Not even today with a current Linux distro? Some still provide x86 ISOs or images

@7daq0 @claudiom Seems that Debian supports the i386 arch. Also has most browsers available for that arch, at least in the current stable.

Personally, I'd recommend a lightweight WM. Wouldn't go with anything more hefty than XFCE. I am a big fan of cwm myself, both for older and newer machines.

@h3artbl33d @7daq0 I think it's moved to 2nd tier support, so updates won't come down to it as quickly.

I run Fluxbox and sometimes I run cwm on the older machines, but Fluxbox is pretty much my goto. On OpenBSD, Firefox and even SeaMonkey are no longer available for x86 because they won't build, but Chromium does. Of course, the other smaller browsers work, but they don't work well on all sites. Of course, I don't really use the Eee for web browsing. Just SSH, Gemini, Gopher, and text web.

@h3artbl33d @7daq0 Proof that you *can* browse the web, even on OpenBSD/x86, albeit slowly lol. Making simple mods to the Eee helped a bit with performance. (mSATA SSD using an adapter).

@7daq0 At this moment, it isn't. At least not on OpenBSD, nor on {Hardened|Free}BSD. Deltachat is compatible with other GPG/Autocrypt clients, however. Once it matures (eg, 1.0 release) I will take a look at porting it.

Please keep in mind that the BSD deratives are not "distros" - they each have their own kernel, userland, ports/packages. Thus, if a port is available on one of the BSDs, doesn't mean it is on the other (nor about how trivial it is to port). This means that there is a vast difference compared to, say, Linux.

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