A little over a year….

January 25, 2017

OK, I know.  I’ve been bad.  It’s been a little over a year since my last post.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, I’m still tinkering around with FreeBSD and I’ve given some other BSDs a try.  OpenBSD has been a nice experience and I do need to get back to it.  NetBSD still left something to be desired, but I blame myself more for that than NetBSD itself since I do need to dedicate more time to it.

I have also finally tried TrueOS on my old Toshiba Portege M400 tablet PC.  If you’re not familiar with TrueOS, it used to be called PC-BSD, which itself was a FreeBSD “distribution” focused on the end user (aka, graphical tools and environments, etc.).  TrueOS has changed to a rolling release system (similar to Arch Linux) based on FreeBSD-CURRENT.  While the experience wasn’t the user-friendly experience that I expected, I’m sure the TrueOS team will be polishing it up so that it runs as stable as PC-BSD did.  I may give DragonFly BSD a go on this system sometime in the future until TrueOS stabilizes enough to move over to it.

Aside from the BSDs, I’ve been playing around more with Haiku (the open source continuation of BeOS).  I finally managed to get a nightly build installed on a Dell OptiPlex GX620 and it runs very well.  Haiku finally has a package management system (pkgman) and you can even upgrade the nightly to a newer version with just a few changes (see here).  Hopefully, multiuser logins will be supported in future releases.  Since BeOS was originally a single-user system (if you read the link above on BeOS from Wikipedia, you’ll learn why it was this way), it boots straight into the desktop and you have full access rights to everyting.  Haiku is the same way, but gone are the days of single-user systems with full root-like access, especially if you’re on a network.  That said, it does show a lot of promise and I’d like to use it as a multimedia workstation at some point in the future.

I’ve even tried some obscure operating systems, but only in VirtualBox.  TempleOS was one that caught my attention, and it’s….interesting (to say the least).  Even more interesting (or disturbing) is the history behind TempleOS and its creator.  Not your usual OS as it seems to make even DOS a simple to use OS!  Still, it’s worth checking out just for the experience.  You’ll appreciate your preferred OS a lot more. 🙂

Well, that’s pretty much it for now.  Until next time!