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06 February / / 30DayChallenge / FreeBSD / sa / linux
And, again, I hit something which is causing massive disk performance issues. That, and suspend/resume does not work on either laptop. I would try to debug the issues, but that means learning a whole new set of tools, and I will not have time for a while. Next week, I am in week long meetings which will run late every day, and then I have to finish writing and present a training class the last week of the month.
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30 January / / 30DayChallenge / FreeBSD / sa
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.
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14 January / / sa / 30DayChallenge / FreeBSD
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.
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10 January / / sa / 30DayChallenge
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 <freebsd-challenge-day-4-6>]{role=“doc”} of installing in), however, I have not moved over the scripts I use in the flow.
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30 December / / sa / 30DayChallenge / personal / photos / R810
As 2014 draws to a close, I look back at the year. Overall, it was a good year. The family staid reasonably health (just a case of the flu which every one of us caught). Work slowed down a bit after only three trips, and the last one was in June, but I did get to spend two weeks in London which was cool. While the work has been not what I really want to be doing, it has been interesting, and next year promises to be very interesting.
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I just noticed I have not updated this in a few weeks. Sorry about that. I have my R810 running PCBSD 10.0.2, and I just patched and configured WiFi on it. I need to figure out how to submit a patch to see if I can get the Centrino supported in the main-line kernel so I do not have to compile a custom kernel just for that. I almost have this working where I can switch to it full time.
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So, I had a bit of time over the weekend, and spent it doing a bit of hacking around. I had re-installed PC-BSD on my HP EliteBook R810. I used 10.0.2, and everything but the wireless looked good. I decided to try to get the wireless working with the internal WNIC. Previously, I used an external dongle to get WiFi working, but it was a pain to remember to pull it out, so I decided to try again.
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22 April / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Well, Something broke on the main computer. The speed when trying to run a few terminal apps, firefox, and thunderbird at the same time was appalling. I never had that sort of performance issues under ArchLinix on the same kit. I would love to take the time to debug it, but I am almost four weeks behind in dealing with my photos, including those from my trip to England, and I am getting ready to do run some training courses for work which will suck up all my free time.
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17 April / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Today, I got my new laptop dragon up on wireless with a little Edimax EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless 11n Nano Size USB Adapter. Now, setup begins in ernest. I have disabled the on-board wireless NIC in the BIOS, and started to set up shop on it. Next major task. Configure X. :) d
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15 April / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Sorry about the lack of updates over the last two weeks, but my job sent me out of country for two weeks, and I had no time to work on this project. Once I unbury myself, I will return to this with a vengence. I am planning on upgrading my two servers to FreeBSD10 from Linux. One will involve a major disk reworking as one of the disks is about dead.
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29 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Busy day with other things than play computers, but I found a little time. I have FreeBSD 10-STABLE loaded with the custom WiFi hack on my Elitebook Revolve 810 . I would have to let it try to boot off the USB stick. After multiple tries, it would finally run the installer. I tried ZFS a few times, but if I did not select MBR format for the partition table, then it would not boot (no OS error).
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27 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge / R810
Half-way point. Much progress made in the world of a bootable USB stick to get my new-fangled WiFi chip working. I was able to make a new image, wrote it to a new USB stick, booted it, and was able to successfully scan for my Access Points! W00t! Tomorrow, I will take the second laptop (HP EliteBook Revolve 810), and load it with 10-Release (slightly patched). I do not expect everything to work (it has a touch screen), but enough should work that I can start using it for the daily driver.
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22 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Ah, life with kids...not enough spare time with soccer and volleyball practices and games. Things are going well. Found a few more small utilities that I use under Linux and added them via pkgng, and all is good. Next up: system debugging. The system will slow down at random points, so I need to go find a good performance debug guide. The only thing changed was I imported my music library (~60G), but my drive is still plenty empty (~37% used), so I do not think it is ZFS, but I am not sure.
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19 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Again, work is dragging, so not much to update. I have install btsync and I am now syncing home dirs between the laptop, desktop, and the FreeNAS. My attempt to build a custom kernel to deal with the new WiFi was mixed. I was able to build the kernel and world just fine and it made a USB image for me. But, it would not boot...I do need to figure out how to debug this.
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18 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
AKA Fight with Thunderbird and Lightning. I broke down and installed a PBI for now. I could not get Lightning, the calendaring AddOn for Thunderbird to work using the native FreeBSD pkg or the linux-thunderbird one. The linux-thunderbird package actually refused to start for me. I need to go figure out how to generate a PR. The other thing I am playing with is building a memstick image after patching the kernel using this post in the FreeBSD Forums.
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16 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Sorry...busy time at work and with the family. Small updates: I have the external VGA dongle working. No config needed, just plug it in and it works. I really need to fix the WiFi so I can stop using the USB dongle on it. Also, I have updated mutt to 1.5.23, and that upgrade went smoothly. Since I am not using the default build, it was a matter of portsnap fetch && portsnap update && cd /usr/ports/mail/mutt && pkg remove mutt && make install clean and all is good!
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14 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
No major work on the laptop today because I set up a FreeNAS box. I was able to get 4 x 3T drives, and set it up. Pretty easy. I am now busy moving my media over to it.
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13 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
Just a quick update. Yesterday, I got abook working. Kind of a hack, though. I used gcc to compile it, vs. clang. I will have to revisit this and offer up some patches to the abook project. I have also been playing with x11/xpra which bills itself as \‘screen for X11\‘. That, combined with sshuttle , lets me get in from work and do some work during lunch. It may also give me a tempory way to use AfterShotPro until I get the whole Linux compatability layer thing figured out.
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12 March / / FreeBSD / sa / 30DayChallenge
So, a long time ago, I had a box which was running FreeBSD 4, running on a Pentium. This housed my public server, website, and mail server. After I while, I had to rebuild it, and went back to Linux. 14 years later, I have decided to get back into FreeBSD, now at FreeBSD 10. I have it running headless on two boxes, and I have decided to take the \‘30 Day Challenge\‘.