Aug 192008

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.  I can’t move the  panel to the left side of the screen and set it to auto hide like I prefer it.  I could place it either at the top of the bottom of the screen.  I stuck with the top and It’s actually growing on me  being placed up there.

The new menu took a little getting used to but I like it now.  It seems to be easier to find stuff now that I know where it is.

It’s nice to know that it coexists with kde3 so I can switch back anytime I need to or want to.  Even better is the fact that there are other options if neither of them turned out to be what I want.

KDE4 feels faster and seems a little better on memory usage.  As it matures I  think this is going to turn out to be really nice.  It should be pretty interesting to see how it matures over time.

 Posted by at 2:46 PM
Feb 252008

I see it it so many places and I just don’t understand why people have to try to make wars and that sort of thing out of which operating system to use.  They all have their pluses and minuses and really in the end isn’t having multiple reasonable choices the best outcome?  It’s great to have different options for different people who work differently. I just believe they all have their place.

I’ll admit windows 95 sucked bad with crashing.  win 98 was better.  I won’t even mention how much I diddn’t like windows 3.1. When I used winxp and the rare occasion that I have to use it now it’s been nothing but stable for me except for some wierd crashes when shutting down.  I never did solve that but that was about a year ago when I decided I wanted to use something other than windows as my main operating system.  There really was no reason to do that other than the fact that I wanted to try something different.  I haven’t used Vista but wouldn’t mind trying it.  I don’t want to pay so much for something I don’t think I’d really use so I don’t have it.

I tried a couple of Linux distros off and on for the past 8 years and none really stuck.  I don’t know why but they just didn’t stick.  I enjoyed them but they just didn’t click with me.  Maybe there were too many different distros that I wanted to try and didn’t have  enough time.

I ended up settling into using DesktopBSD.  I don’t really know why but I just became comfortable with it and have used it almost exclusively for close to a year now.  I’ve been able to solve any issues I have had with a little googling.  Gotta still love the freebsd handbook.  The ports also rock.  Everything is right there for me to use if I need it.  I like the fact that it’s pretty much just Freebsd with a kde automatically installed.  The nice thing about freebsd is everything is in one place. Things just pretty much work the way I expect them to.

Jan 102008

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 glitchs 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

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Apr 242007

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.

When I am not in a hurry to do something I try stuff with the command line to learn more about it. Being visually impared that seems like the better solution to do some things for me anyways. It’s less visual. I tend loose the mouse more times than I care to think about when using a graphical interface.

Something isn’t quite right with the windows partionion on my computer and i haven’t bothered to reinstall windows. I haven’t needed it except for one program which I just use the laptop for. I decided to not repair it so that I am forced to stick with BSD and use it for everything. If a few months down the line it doesn’t work out for me then I know I gave it a fair chance and could go back to windows but I don’t really see that happening.

I have not managed to break anything so bad that I couldn’t fix it. It’s been completely stable for me unless I did something to break it. It pretty much just works for me and does everything I need or want. I appreciate having this available to me and hope to someday be able to give back.

I also love the fact that the FreeBSD handbook is online. It’s been useful and something I’ve enjoyed reading through. I will read it again and study it. I think that is the best feature there is.

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Mar 152007

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. It isn’t something I need but would be nice to have it working. I haven’t been able to get flash to work yet. I think I’ll be sticking with it. It reminds me of all the books I’d read about Unix when I was in high school and college. It’s been fun learning something new.

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