zhane H writes:
NOTE: FreeBSD does not have a "staff". Everyone is a volunteer.
But people understand what you mean by your greeting.
If you look on the FreeBSD web site at: http://www.freebsd.org/
you will see two releases listed over on the right hand side of the page.
Under each there is a link called 'Hardware Notes' which will take you
to a page that lists types of CPU. Click on one of those and you
will get a list of hardware categories. Click on those to get specific
lists of hardware devices. If you can find your hardware in those lists,
you should have no problem. The difficult thing comes up when you have
an item such as a sound card which uses the same chip as listed in one
of the devices but it doesn't list your specific device model. Most of the
time, it will also work, but no-one has tested it so they don't know for
If your CPU is an Intel type (including AMD 'clone') then choose i386
type. Only if you know your CPU is one of the others such as Alpha
or sparc64 should you install for those. All regular PCs are the i386
NOTE, by the way, that FreeBSD 5.4 is scheduled to come out at the end
of this month. It will have many improvements over 5.3. You may not
want to wait to start hands on learning, but you may want to just install
and experiment for now and then completely reinstall when 5.4 is released.