I am considering switching from a VPS to a dedicated server again. There is no reason for me to do so other than the fact that I want to have a chance to play with something else. They can be had fairly cheap these days and be more than powerful enough to suit my needs. I decided to try out one company’s but I ran into a dilemma with it. They only had Linux images available.
I’ve been trying to switch from certbot to acme.sh for a bit now and kept getting errors. As it turns out I kept typing deth,org instead of deth.org and with my vision I didn’t notice the difference. One of the downsides of touch typing for so many years is that I learn to trust finger position too much. Once I got that sorted out acme.sh works fine. I never had any problems with certbot other than when letsencrypt first came out.
KDE 4.1 became available in the FreeBSD ports so I figured I’d give it a try. Some stuff is missing but I like what I am seeing so far. I have been using it for the past week or so with no problems and no crashes or anything like that. It’s been stable enough that I could use it as my primary setup. The biggest thing that it’s missing are some of the customization options.
DesktopBSD 1.6 was released yesterday. I’ve been using the RC versions for almost a year and couldn’t be happier. It has worked great for me except a few minor glitches which I was able to get figured out. It’s based on FreeBSD 6.3 and xorg 7.3. Using it has made it fun to use the computer again. It generally just works but there is plenty learn if you want. DesktopBSD download
I’m still using DesktopBSD and still pretty happy with it. Actually it makes using the computer a lot of fun again. It’s fun learning something new and fun remembering and relearning all the different things I remember reading about UNIX. The way things are done are just more interesting to me. The things I had read are coming back to me and making a bit more sense now. I wish I had done this 10 years ago.
I’ve had no updates in a bout a week because I’ve been busy installing and setting up DesktopBSD which is based on FreeBSD. I’ve also been reading through the FreeBSD handbook. The best FreeBSD handbook is the best documentation for an operating system I’ve ever read. I like this operating system. I’ve only used windows once this week and that was to check out something that was flash which is no big deal.