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    Phoronix: FreeBSD 13.3-RC1 Improves WiFi Stability, Takes Care Of Some Kernel Panics

    The first release candidate of FreeBSD 13.3 is now available for testing. While FreeBSD 14 stable has been out now for months, FreeBSD 13.3 is the latest in the prior series for those continuing to rely on FreeBSD 13 in production...

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    Improves WiFi stability... if you can even get your WiFi card to work in the first place. LOL

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    • #3
      Something nice that is happening with 14-Release is for ax200 instant reboot on connecting to a wifi network. (It's supposedly fixed on 15-current as of mid February).

      Between the wifi bug and the realtek 2.5g wired kernel module not being present on the dvd image you get fun times getting network working on a fresh freebsd install.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fahrenheit View Post
        Between the wifi bug and the realtek 2.5g wired kernel module not being present on the dvd image you get fun times getting network working on a fresh freebsd install.
        Windows users don't seem to moan too much shoving networking drivers on a usb stick. Granted Linux/BSD guys do tend to expect a little better. Some cheap Raspberry Pi compatible USB wifi dongles are always a useful tool in the toolbox for times like this.

        Originally posted by mxan View Post
        Improves WiFi stability... if you can even get your WiFi card to work in the first place. LOL
        ‚ÄčThe intel iwlwifi(4) stack is a shim to support Linux wifi drivers. Quite cool in principle and it offers some great performance but tends to be a little crashy when suspending (resetting the device in general).
        Last edited by kpedersen; 27 February 2024, 04:24 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kpedersen View Post
          Windows users don't seem to moan too much shoving networking drivers on a usb stick. Granted Linux/BSD guys do tend to expect a little better. Some cheap Raspberry Pi compatible USB wifi dongles are always a useful tool in the toolbox for times like this.
          Even more so when the Marvell/Aquantia, Realtek and Intel Wifi chips are supported by OpenBSD. NetBSD at least supports the Marvell/Aquantia, Realtek chipsets. FreeBSD still has not done anything about the Marvell/Aquantia or Realtek drivers and the Wifi situation is a pretty rough bumpy road to an eventual better future. The situation is much better with OpenBSD. But the two taking completely different approaches.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by brad0 View Post

            Even more so when the Marvell/Aquantia, Realtek and Intel Wifi chips are supported by OpenBSD. NetBSD at least supports the Marvell/Aquantia, Realtek chipsets. FreeBSD still has not done anything about the Marvell/Aquantia or Realtek drivers and the Wifi situation is a pretty rough bumpy road to an eventual better future. The situation is much better with OpenBSD. But the two taking completely different approaches.
            Agreed. I don't know how the smaller team, OpenBSD, developed an iwx driver when the much larger team of FreeBSD can't develop a driver for Intel AX wifi cards. It might be because the opposite of what most people say is true. I see a lot of people saying OpenBSD is just for servers, but in my humble opinion it makes a great workstation OS.

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