I’ve been running FreeBSD 10/11-current on a Lenovo X220 for about a year and was surprised how little fiddling was needed to get everything to work (hardly any at all). I’m very happy with it.
“design fad du jour” is a bit unfair. UI’s are very much like code in that they’re written to communicate between users and a computer, and from the way that communication happens that interaction becomes an iterative journey. Some iterations are less popular than others, but in my opinion however annoying the changes may seem to the non-designer types (as do friction in software iteration eg updates, broken compatibility annoy non-programmer types), each one of those iterations are hugely important, because they help work towards a better shared understanding of the interactions the interfaces have with users.
Something about the length of this document starts crossing over into “badvocacy”. If somebody tells me I need to fuck with X.conf files, I’m running something else.
OpenBSD on the desktop 0, FreeBSD on the desktop -1.
Totally agree. But as stated before, FreeBSD does not need any xorg.conf fiddling at all, works right out of the box.
I just spent 4 hours messing with xorg config trying to get my nvidia GTX970 to work with freebsd 10.3. Seem to have hit some incompatible hardware that is made more frustrating by contradictory documentation.
A thing that annoys me most abouth BSD on the desktop is that there are no good curated lists of recent notebooks that work out of the box(ish). I prefer beefy machines, so any experience with upper-range Lenovos (e.g. Carbon) would be of interest. I’m good with having a few well-known bugs in peripherals, but not working WiFi and such is just a no-go.
Last time I asked around on Twitter, I just got the reply from a FreeBSD advocacy account (not official!) that FreeBSD is not for grannies, but for people that know how to read the release notes. Well, so much for friendlyness :).
I have FreeBSD running on a tiny Chromebook and really like it, though, so all that would be great if it changes :D.
I do actually want “design fads du your”, but Gnome 3 would be fine :).
OpenBSD works great on X1 Carbon 2015.