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I'm considering installing OpenBSD on my computer (possibly to replace
Debian Linux later on...). But first, I have some questions:
- How does OpenBSD (BSD in general?) support 'new' technology (like USB,
Merced, FireWire, DVD and other buzzwords). I mean, how fast is the
technology adapted and how quickly does it develop? How fast is the new
technology adapted, compared to Linux (what is the time-gap) ?
- How is OpenBSD on a laptop -- any problems (i.e. power-saving mode,
- Is TeX (LaTeX namely) supported out-of-box?
- How many ports (packages) does OpenBSD has?
- How's sound card support? Is alsa or something similar available?
- Speed-wise, how would an OpenBSD system compare to a Linux system?
Specifically, kernel-wise and filesystems themselves (ext2 vs. ffs)?
- In debian, I can upgrade a package as a part of a batch job. Can I do
the same in OpenBSD?
- Upgrading packages. The problem with Debian is that once a certain
version is released, no work (other than bug-fixing) is done. Does OpenBSD
have something like v3.0-current, where all of the packages are recent and
updated? (I mean the packages/ports themselves too. Not just the kernel)