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Preface

From the perspective of user, installing OS for desktop these days just require two things:

  • Wireless Driver: Notebook has leave DVD device behind, and replace with USB installation. Wireless also pretty common, no need any cable.

  • Display Driver: Because, we are using it as desktop.

Other stuff such as audio can be added later.

Wireless Issue

It turned out that GhostBSD does not support the internal broadcomm BCM4313. It is not that bad, linux can use BCM4313 well to get internet from my router, but fail miserably to get internet from android tethering.

The recommended hardware is atheros or realtek.

Wireless Solution.

The solution is simple. Buy external wireless. USB dongle is suitable for my situation. This little stuff works for me, and also have strong signal.

USB Dongle: WN725N

Be aware not to use Broadcomm.

Display Issue

GhostBSD detect display driver as a charmed.

But TrueOS server doesn’t detect my i915. Of course, TrueOS server does no come with desktop. I have to download manualy using cable, and enable it in config first.


Wireless Configuration

Load Driver

First, I need to load the module

$ sudo kldload rtwn_usb_load
$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 create wlandev rtwn0
$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
$ sudo ifconfig

Permanent

I make it permanent by using this config.

/boot/loader.conf

rtwn_load="YES"
if_rtwn_usb_load="YES"

/etc/rc.conf

wlans_rtwn0="wlan0"
ifconfig_wlan0="WPA DHCP"

Unplugging and Replugging

After unplug, and then replug the dongle, the internet would not connect automatically, because it require sequence of service.

We can enable the internet by restart the network.

$ service network restart

service network restart


Display in TrueOS

This is not a GhostBSD issue, but rather a TrueOS issue. Just in case I need it.

I have already succeeded installing TrueOS, But I decided to use GhostBSD, because I need my notebook to be ready for as soon as possible. TrueOS takes manual configuration. As a beginner, I prefer GhostBSD.

Display Driver

$ sudo pkg install drm-kmod
$ kldload i915kms

And make it permanent in /etc/rc.conf if necessary.

kld_list="/boot/modules/i915kms.ko"

Display Manager

Just like any linux with openRC.

$ rc-update add lightdm default
$ service lightdm start

What’s Next ?

Thank you for reading this article.

Consider continue reading [ GhostBSD - Migraion from Linux ].