Archive for the ‘FreeBSD’ category

Lack of creative themes

December 23, 2006

So, I’m back in Enlightenment. It was my first X11 Windowmanager, and it is still my favorite. The thing I love the most has to be the creativity that it allows for in theme-ing. Don’t get me wrong, I DO NOT theme. I’m far to lame to pull that off. What bothers me is the lack of creativity that I have appearing in the theme realm. My source for this opinion is http://www.themes.org/ , so if someone has a better site or example, please let me know. The thing is, most “themes” or “skins” are damn Aqua clones, or XP/Aero-like. Wtf? Where are the Bluesteels and eChaos of today? I know it seems like many people are moving to DM’s rather than WM’s, but come on folks. Luckily, E17 looks pretty good so far. I’m just waiting for a client stable enough for me to run in every day usage (I tried it, but I had a few too many segfaults for my taste).

Luxury of Break

December 21, 2006

Seeing as how my classes are now out for the winter break, and I’m back to my FreeBSD box, I have a chance to work on a few things. First off, I plan to be done with the C Book (‘The C Programming Language” by Kernighan and Ritchie), touched on my Greek Lessons, and most importantly (okay, so it’s not the most important, the C book will probably help a lot with this…) is to make the Songbird Media Player (http://www.songbirdnest.com/) work in FreeBSD. Using the patch provided (some bugzilla posing) and the Apple makefile, it will supposedly compile. All I’ve managed to achieve so far is an arse load of errors with the make files and missing operations in the if statements. Good thing I’ve got nothing but time on my hands.

P.S.: A gui for imagecloud is in the pipeline too.

Back home

December 16, 2006

Since classes are wrapping up, and my dependence for Internet Explorer fades away, I get to go back to FreeBSD. I don’t know why I like it more; I can’t find a single rationale. All I know is that ports are fun. I had a few, *minor* hiccups while installing. Once was the fact it didn’t like my two DOS partitons, each being primary. To fix it, I simply converted one to NTFS, although in the process it seems to have lost my Las Vegas episodes. Luckily, my cartoons remained intact. I also did some digging in the /usr/ports folder and found that all the qemu stuff was in there (qemu, kqemu-kmod, and qemu-launcher), which is cool. I couldn’t find those in yum when I was running fedora. I does seem, however, with the kqemu-kmod loaded, the Win2k install takes a litte longer. Wonder why…

Simple Pleasures

October 12, 2006

I woke up today after a good 10 hours of sleep. That was great. Followed that up with a nice ham and cheese omelet (omelette?) . That was great. I figured out the bug with Neverwinter Nights in FreeBSD too, so now I can play freely (simply had to add compat5x_enable=”YES” to /etc/rc.conf so the Nvidia drivers could function okay). That was great. Two of my three torrents had finished. That was also great. Let’s hope English class doesn’t screw it up. I have a great thing going so far.

FreeBSD

October 10, 2006

It’s been a while. I recieved the new hard drive from BestBuy, and I can’t express how nice it is to have space again. With the new freedom, I decided to forego installing linux, and give this FreeBSD thing a try. I’m finding it to be rather nice. It’s as simple to get into as linux ( pkg_add -r pkgname where as I’m used to yum install pkgname ), and the linux compatibility layer is phenominal.  I was able to sit down and simply type cd /usr/ports/games/linux-nwnclient && sudo make install clean to get it and Neverwinter Nights going. All is not flawless though. I’m having problems getting the game’s quest mode going. I can get the demo modules going, and through the create-a-character screen, but it fails when trying to load the intro to Chapter1.nwm . Media playback is perfect, as is web browsing. I can’t really complain, plus I can use the great Beastie wallpapers now 🙂