This page lists and links to pages about laptops, notebooks, and portable computers that work (or do not work) well with NetBSD.
For i386-based netbooks also see http://www.netbsd.org/ports/i386/netbook.html.
As of current in July 2010: Missing speedstep support (reed has patch for this). No ethernet (Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet). No wireless (Atheros AR9285 Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n).
Used since NetBSD 1.6 or so. Works nice with NetBSD/macppc. No suspend support on NetBSD. No modem support (some usb attached modem attaching as ugen(4). No WPA on NetBSD with wi(4) (in contrast to Mac OS X). NetBSD/5.1_STABLE has problem that keyboard doesn't work in xdm after logout; solved by forcing a xdm restart upon logout.
NetBSD/amd64 6.99.11 works without some devices (for example, internal WiFi). In detail, please see How to install NetBSD/amd64 current on MacBook Air 11 inch (mid 2012)
NetBSD/i386 5.0.0. Audio works (i82801FB (ICH6)). Wireless with iwi (vendor 0x8086 product 0x4220). For X11, using xf86-video-intel-2.2.1nb1 package.
NetBSD/i386 5.99.55. Wireless with wpi works properly only when ACPI is disabled with "boot netbsd -2".
5.1 did not have a working X.
Almost everything works with -current: sound, wireless, X11. Did not try resume/suspend. Did not try the memory card slot recently.
5.1 and -current have wired ethernet stability problems. It gets watchdog timeouts and resets.
X11 has a stability problem where a program can make total garbage on the screen (except the mouse pointer) and lock up the server. Repeatable with a certain image viewer which shows very big images. The machine does not freeze: power off button powers down smoothly, (but can not switch consoles to try to kill the X server).
NetBSD 5.1, audio, webcam, Ethernet, kb/touchpad work fine. Broadcom Wireless 4312 does not work.
NetBSD i386 5.99.55 Audio works (ADI AD1984A). Wireless with iwn (vendor 0x8086 product 0x4232). No ethernet (vendor 0x11ab product 0x436c). SDHC at sd*, Bluetooth. Doesn't work with NetBSD 5.
Works perfect (sound, display, all devices, infrared port not tested).
Used it since NetBSD 4.x. With Intel GMA, X works great. In netbsd-5 there is a patch to make trackpoint/touchpad initialize correctly. Requires hdaudio(4) instead of azalia(4) to make headphones work. Cardbus port doesn't work properly. Expresscard not tested/tried.
Following -current for the last 18 months or so (2012-12). As close to perfect as one gets. Suspend/resume didn't work at the time; not tried it since.
in the version with ATI graphics. Has a tendency to run hot and then to not reboot cleanly (gets stuck after printing the mainbus line at boot); 5min off for cool-down usually fix this. This doesn't usually occur when only the Intel on-board graphics get used. No known errors while running.
Works fine (sound, display, all devices, bluetooth, modem not tested). Standby is broken for me in -current (~2012-01-12) but worked in 5.1.
Everything works. Requires
Running -current since March 2011. Working graphics (with the vesa driver), audio, trackpoint, wired and wireless LAN. Does not wake up after suspend (drives spin up but the display stays black and the LED indicating a sleep state stays lit).
With NetBSD/amd64 6.0
- Bluetooth adapter is recognized as ugen0 (should be patched like MacBook Air mid 2012 11-inch's one probably)
- Native X.org needs xorg.conf that has vesa driver entry, and sometimes X.org starts with slightly wrong resolution (xrandr is useful).
- Sound is recognized as hdaudio, and not tested.
- Network adapters are not tested. Wired LAN adapter is detected as re0, and WiFi adapter is not recognized.
- Card reader is not recognized
NetBSD/amd64 5.99.38, but booting with "boot netbsd -2" to disable ACPI but has no keyboard use. See http://gnats.netbsd.org/39275. Audio works with hdaudio (vendor 0x10EC product 0x0268).
NetBSD/amd64 5.99.38. Wireless with iwn (vendor 0x8086 product 0x4232). For X11, using xf86-video-vesa-2.3.0nb1 package. Sometimes X starts up on wrong resolution. The MMC works on sd0. Some USB failures. Audio works with hdaudio (vendor 0x10EC product 0x0268).