Hi everyone. I have decided to ditch Windows XP completely when my
motherboard comes back from it's RMA. I have a few questions about the
different FreeBSD versions.
1) I have an AMD64 3000+ processor. I've been reading some things around
the Internet about ports and other software not compiling properly with
the amd64 version of FreeBSD. Most of the things I've read about this
have been from 2004 or even late 2003, so I'm wondering how things have
progressed since then. Are there still many ports or software that don't
compile properly? Is there a list somewhere of known ports not to work
on the amd64 version?
Here is a short list of main things I will use this PC for:
IRC (X-Chat, maybe irssi)
Web Browsing (Mozilla Firefox)
Media playing (XMMS/VLC/mplayer)
Email (Mozilla Thunderbird)
Audio Streaming/Recording (streamTranscoder, streamripper, sc_trans maybe)
Audio/Video Encoding (lame, oggenc, various video encoding tools)
Basically I'm wondering opinions on either the i386 or amd64 version of
FreeBSD for my hardware for FreeBSD 5.4. Which works better? For what
reasons? Are there any other caveats?
2) Will my hardware work properly with the amd64 version? I see my
motherboard (Giga-Byte GA-K8NS Pro) is listed as "Functional" on the
FreeBSD amd64 motherboard page
My other hardware includes:
Sound Blaster Augidy 2 Platinum
GeForce FX5600 (MSI)
TDK VeloCD 40x12x48 CD Burner
Sony DRU500A DVD Burner
3) I know of a couple applications that don't build on the amd64 such as
linux-firefox and Azureus (because of Java). Does anyone have any info
on when there might be versions compatible with the amd64, or if there
is any other software like them that would work with the amd64 version
(main concern is flash on websites)?
4) Would you recommend the -RELEASE or -STABLE branch of FreeBSD 5?
Thanks very much in advance for your opinions!
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