FreeBSD on the MacBook: project last words

I’ve been running Mac OS X on my MacBook for some time mostly because I needed a very stable platform and good power management for college. But now that college is over, I decided to install FreeBSD again.

After a few hours of compiling/installing/configuring, I booted up Xorg. Of course, I never created a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file because new Xorg versions can auto-detect the hardware. After a few seconds of fluxbox usage, Xorg crashes. WTH? I tried to start it up again. The graphics card registers are in an unexpected state (that’s what the Xorg intel driver tells me). Double WTH?

Only a reboot fixed it.

The problem was that Xorg was using a 24 or 32 bit depth. It works fine with 16 bit.

Unfortunately, this is the “state-of-the-art” when it comes to Xorg and I’m so tired of it that I got back to Mac OS X. I’ve been enduring XFree/Xorg/<insert crappy application here> pain for some years now and I’m only 22 years old. I can try to fix FreeBSD, but I don’t have time to fix all the other applications.

As you may have guessed from the title, this means that I won’t devote my time to the FreeBSD on the MacBook project and, instead, I will dedicate myself to other FreeBSD projects.

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