I discovered at the right time today that I can use rsync locally too. I’ve been using it to sync stuff across servers for years, but never thought to try it locally.
I wanted to switch things up a bit with my shell use, so I switched to Fish after reading good things about it. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but just never did until a few weeks ago.
I am switching web hosts and the new one doesn’t offer FreeBSD as an option to install. I had to find a way to convert the Linux installation to FreeBSD. Here’s how I did it.
I’ve had windows 10 on old Seagate hard drive that I bought in 2007. I really can’t complain about that one. it still works fine. Windows 10 is just anything but efficient with drive use. I hated to buy an SSD for windows which I only boot into once a month if that but I got tired of the click, wait, wait, wait, window shows up with spinning cursor, wait, wait, wait.
After the last experience I had of wasting hours to use a specific program that required windows but required I do certain painfully slow update that took hours of my time I have started to boot into the steaming pile of turds known as windows 10 more than every few months when I need it just to run windows update. I could upgrade to an SSD for windows but I don’t use it enough to justify the cost of another windows tax.
I don’t use Windows often at all but once in a while I need boot into it to use a specific program that I haven’t found an alternative to or stuff like update bios and that sort of thing. It seems that they decided to download the annoyingly slow auto updates exactly the times I need to do something quick and reboot back into FreeBSD which is set up how I want it to be.
FreeBSD is my main operation system and I do 95 percent of what I need or want to do in that. FreeBSD for 10+ years has been solid as a rock for me. About 2 years ago I built a new computer. The q6600 system I’d built a 10 years prior was showing its age. I was starting to have random glitches that may or may not have been related to the motherboard but Ryzen looked good and for a good price so I figured it’s time to rebuild.
DesktopBSD 1.6 was released yesterday. I’ve been using the RC versions for almost a year and couldn’t be happier. It has worked great for me except a few minor glitches which I was able to get figured out. It’s based on FreeBSD 6.3 and xorg 7.3. Using it has made it fun to use the computer again. It generally just works but there is plenty learn if you want. DesktopBSD download
I’m still using DesktopBSD and still pretty happy with it. Actually it makes using the computer a lot of fun again. It’s fun learning something new and fun remembering and relearning all the different things I remember reading about UNIX. The way things are done are just more interesting to me. The things I had read are coming back to me and making a bit more sense now. I wish I had done this 10 years ago.
I’ve had no updates in a bout a week because I’ve been busy installing and setting up DesktopBSD which is based on FreeBSD. I’ve also been reading through the FreeBSD handbook. The best FreeBSD handbook is the best documentation for an operating system I’ve ever read. I like this operating system. I’ve only used windows once this week and that was to check out something that was flash which is no big deal.
I’ve always wanted to switch to Linux but in the past it just hasn’t worked for me. I’d installed Linux twice before but it just didn’t stick for me. Last time I had installed it my hard drive started giving smart errors and then started loosing windows files randomly. We sent that drive back to get it replaced but in the mean time we bought a smaller cheaper drive to put in my computer until the 180 gig one came back.