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FreeBSD Challenge, Day 9-11

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.

The other is the custom boot stick I made does not work. The initial loader will start, but then it stops. So, I need to find the docs on the boot process there.

Oh, and welcome to all the folks from BSDNow, which is an awesome video/audio podcast on all things BSD.

FreeBSD Challenge, Day 8

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. :)

FreeBSD Challenge, Day 7

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. This is for the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 WiFi Driver which I have in all my laptops. The data wants to be free! from wires. Since it is chunking away, I will test tomorrow.

FreeBSD Challenge, Day 4-6

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!

My biggest update is that I got AfterShotPro working! It as a simple as reading the pages in the manual, and changing the path to bash in the launcher script, and all is good! I should really look into what it takes to make a port so when I set up the next few computers, I will not have to do this by hand again.

Next thing to figure out is how to get the sound to come out of my headphones instead of the speakers. Since I did not have to do anything to get sound, I figure this is just a bit of RTFM'ing on my part.

FreeBSD Challenge, Day 3

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.