- You can update the BIOS from a USB stick using only Linux tools, and
- FreeBSD does not like it when the SATA controller is in compatibility mode, and either hangs or fails to find the hard drive at all; in AHCI mode things are fine, but
- Even the updated BIOS cannot boot from GPT partitions, so I had to be careful during installation to manually do an MBR / fdisk-based installation (this seems to preclude ZFS as well), and then
- Wireless isn’t automatically detected (but the WAN modem is), and suspend-resume doesn’t resume.
This makes for less-than-stellar performance for a conference laptop; I’ll fiddle with it a little before departing for Berlin in two weeks time (isn’t Akademy in Brno? Yes, it is, but the most effective train journey takes me to Berlin first to catch up with the trainful of KDE people at 12:46 from HBf), so I may end up being a FreeBSD person sporting an OpenSUSE laptop.