FreeBSD Challenge II, Day 30 Update

As the month draws to a close, I am further into the switch. I have rebuilt my main laptop to PCBSD. I am still setting a few things up, but it seems to be going well.

Two things I need to fix:

  • Skype: While there is not a native client, there are lots of folks who report success with the Linux client. I will need to do some research.
  • Nikola: The software I use for my blogs. It throws a python error when I run it, so I cannot update things. Again, I think I just need to do some more research.

Now, the fun of the weekend is here, so I am off!

FreeBSD Challenge II, Day 14

Today is day 14 (pushing day 15 at this hour), and things are looking very good. Today, I got word from the PCBSD Project that a patch which I submitted to fix the issue with the WiFi NIC. Well, I got notice today that PCBSD Bug #7330 has been resolved, and I tested on the R810. It works!

Now, I just need to get a few things configured here first, like snapshots, backups, and porting my SDCARD reading scripts over to FreeBSD, and I should be good.

Then, fun things like configure & use IPv6. I have two FreeBSD VSP servers to test with…it will be fun!

Update on revisiting FreeBSD Challenge

It is the 10th day of the month, and I am 10 days in trying to use FreeBSD as my daily non-work driver. How is it going?

Well, for the most part, well. I can spend most of my personal work-flow on the FreeBSD laptop with no issues. There are a couple of things I have not moved over yet, and those relate to my photo work-flow. The main application, AfterShotPro is installed and working (see my previous desciption of installing in), however, I have not moved over the scripts I use in the flow. I believe they will just come over, but I have not had a chance to test them.

I was using Chromium, but any Flash site did not work. I need to revisit this at some point, but for now I went back to Firefox, and it is working create.

The only major thing right now I need to figure out is how FreeBSD deals with sound. I can hear things from the speakers just fine, but I need to figure out how to enable and use an USB headset. Not the biggest, but still. I also need to either install & configure Skype, or find a replacement video chat to use with the wife while traveling that works under FreeBSD. I like the second option better, but I have not really had the time to do the research.

And, the new site generating suite I am using works under FreeBSD. I wrote and posted this from the FreeBSD laptop.

More updates soon.