Nice to see people escaping from OS X. I switched back to Linux a couple of months ago after six years of the slow erosion of my sanity with each new OS X update.
In the end, my final wake-up call came from the keyboards and touch bar on the new MacBooks. It is clearer now than ever that Apple doesn’t want my business anymore.
Nice! I’m running FreeBSD on an ASUS ZenBook. It’s definitely a bit of a labor of love, as the ZenBook is not as functional as a MacBook or even Linux running on it. But, hey, all I do is run a web browser, terminals, and emacs so it’s pretty ok for my usecase.
I started with a Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook, and replaced ChromeOS with Ubuntu. The MrChromebox firmware stuff was very helpful. Subsequently replaced OS X on my desktop Mac Mini and got a HP Chromebox at work. It’s been pretty refreshing to be back in the land of X11 and tiling window managers after all these years of putting up with the OS X alternative.
What’s less functional about the ZenBook, or do you mean that FreeBSD doesn’t have support for as much of the hardware?
I just started a new job and they gave me one of the touchbar Macbooks for work. 4 USB-C ports, nothing else. The monitors they ordered for me (DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI) are not even connectable without an adapter. Neither is the Apple magic mouse (to charge), nor is the Apple keyboard (both regular old USB).
I don’t like the touchbar because it lacks any sort of tactile feedback. I end up smashing the ~ button instead of esc now.
the LG displays have USB-C + an integrated USB-C hub.
So I can go to work, plug in a single cable and get display + all the stuff plugged into my monitor (mouse + keyboard).
It’s one of the funner experiences I’ve had with the new macbook
The only thing I’m really missing from switching back to linux (using kubuntu on a thinkpad) from osx is a good replacement for photos. I had it setup so any photos I took from my dslr and put on photos would be on my iphone within a short period of time and vice versa.
I don’t use Apple’s iCloud sync for photos between my phone and computer, but I use Dropbox to share photos between my own devices. It’s a little bit more effort, but I think it ends up working better for me, because all my photos aren’t immediately downloaded onto my phone and using all of its space.
I use OpenBSD for all my firewalls / network appliances and SSH-reachable-utility-boxes but I’ve never had good luck sticking with OpenBSD for a desktop. Usually the web surfing side of things leaves something to be desired. So for anyone who’s switched and loves it:
When I worked at the University, I made pretty heavy use of OpenBSD for similar things, like load balancers and firewalls. I tried it on my desktop for a month or so. It was fine at the time, except for the NFS client, which was basically unusable a lot of the time – we had NFS home directories, so this was a particular pain.
Today I imagine I’d miss Chrome, Spotify, and Steam (for which there are Linux binaries) more than anything else. I gather the OpenBSD folks pulled out any Linux emulation stuff.
I’m reading this on chromium Version 58.0.3029.96 (64-bit) on OpenBSD and it works great.
I have no idea about Steam - and I personally avoid Spotify so I have no idea if they work…
I find the same for work desktop, specially the video “calls” like Google Hangouts didn’t work for me :-(
EDIT: Also if it worked, I would be limited to one monitor because the nvidia card is not supported which I could get dual monitor setup
My biggest issue with OpenBSD is that I have to use heavyweight webs as Jira, Youtube for work and they run really slow in all browsers when using OpenBSD. I use Void Linux because of that in my laptop and OpenBSD at my house.
There is some specific work being done right now to improve this. Heavily threaded applications like web browsers are showing a pretty noticeable improvement with the current patches going around.
I had FreeBSD on my desktop for a month or so, but I don’t think all my hardware readily agreed with it. I switched back to Debian and don’t really regret it. I love macOS on my MacBook Air and was thinking of making a Hackintosh. I might try OpenBSD instead.
What window manager are you using? I have been running linux in all of its flavors for a few years now. There the wm landscape seems to be clear to me with gnome etc and ie3 ect. Can you also use those on openBSD?
I use i3 on openbsd. It works nicely for me with minimal configuration.
Yes you can.
Yes, we have packages for Gnome 3, KDE 3.5, Xfce 4.12, i3, etc.
I personally use ratpoison with some hacks.
OpenBSD has Gnome 3.22, KDE 4.14, i3, xfce4, twm, fvwm, and my personal preference of awesome to mention just 7 window managers.
edit: there are window managers in base, but they tend to be light weight, ports have a good selection of other window managers…
I ran Linux on my desktop for years, but had to use a remote windows desktop for all the office stuff that I unfortunately have to use in my corporate career. Mac OS X was a savior in that regard, as it allowed me to run microsoft office, alongside a good terminal, emacs and all the other unix tools I have come to rely on.
Until I can run the office suite on a Linux or BSD, I am stuck on MacOS.