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Hi BSDNow team,

A data point for Andy who was asking about Laptops for BSD. I have the
latest model Dell XPS 13 and it is not a good candidate for BSD at this stage
(or when I last tried in early 2017).

Firstly, you need to switch the NVMe drive to AHCI mode in the BIOS. This,
along with some EFI trickery, allowed me to boot and install TrueOS on to it.
However, there is a hang at boot when loading one of the drivers (which you
can ^C out of).  After kldloading the graphics drivers by hand, X will start
(although with a 3200x1800 resolution everything is too small to read).
Trackpad works ok. I'm pretty sure the touchscreen doesn't work.

However, the biggest issue is the WiFi and SD-card devices are not recognised
so there isn't much more you can do with it that is terribly interesting.

Dell does sell a "developers edition" with pre-installed Linux of some
description, but I believe the only difference compared with the standard
version is that the NVMe mode is set correctly to begin with. I haven't
been bothered to try a Linux install as that doesn't interest me much.

I had thought to try Dragonfly or OpenBSD at some stage as I believe their
WiFi drivers are a little more advanced in some instances
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