Hmmm ... may be we met there too in a past life.KC_386 wrote:Anyway I use a trusty old IBM/Lenovo T60. It was running PCLinuxOS (which I still like a lot) but they gave-up on 32 bit..
And knowing that and their level of support, I can fully understand your frustration in the BSD world.
PCLinuxOS is supported from a small developer's team, GhostBSD's team is even smaller, and maintaining an old architecture (i386) is something we can't afford anymore. Additionally no developer is going to perform tests on i386 hardware which is slow and time consuming.
GhostBSD is sometimes an introductory step, in that, allow people to enter the FreeBSD world, and later they succeed to install and manage FreeBSD directly, and FreeBSD has no plan to drop 32 bit support.
I have to add that, unlike linux, PAE support in FreeBSD is at a non-existent level.
SSE2 feature is (was ?) also a strict requirement to run some binary application, usually closed source, like flash-player, skype, and may be google-earth too, just can't remember now.