FreeBSD Screen Shots


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Plasma from ports, just removed default Breeze theme, replaced with it traditional Oxygen theme and pulled some wallpaper from Internet. Pretty much all there is to it.



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Another shot of my Thinkpad X61 MP3 player running FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p10. I upgraded the others to 11.2.

It never needs to go online, only play beautiful music for me as I relax and could not possibly be doing a better job at it, so I decided to leave well enough alone. Making it a dedicated .mp3 player was one of the better Ideas I've had in a while and it excells in that role.

It's the only one I change the wallpaper on anymore and I keep a music theme to it.


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I really like that! Just a couple of questions though. a) What terminal are you using? b) Are you having any problems with FreeBSD and the XPS 13? I'm planning to get a more modern machine in the spring and I'm undecided between an XPS and something from Lenovo.



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I really like that! Just a couple of questions though. a) What terminal are you using? b) Are you having any problems with FreeBSD and the XPS 13? I'm planning to get a more modern machine in the spring and I'm undecided between an XPS and something from Lenovo.

A) x11/terminator.
I usually set it up to have *no* window decorations at all, so it would show up as just a blank rectangular semi-transparent window. For this screenshot here, I switched it to allow the window decorations in an effort to avoid confusion for those clicking on desktop screenshot porn. Heads up: this port has many dependencies.

B) No.
At least, nothing that bothers me. It is a touch-screen model (i7-7500U 8GB LPDDR3 256GB NVMe), but I switched that off in BIOS because it is a "feature" that I never use... and rumor has it they are very power hungry; which I've never bothered to verify myself because I easily get 6 to 8 hours between battery recharges. If true, I'd recommend ordering/buying one that is non-touch from the factory, for even more battery savings I also switched off the webcam, mic & Bluetooth in BIOS because I never use them & some lingering security paranoia in case intelligence agencies around the world still have sexually perverted employees on the payroll practicing clandestine voyeurism at tax-payers' expense. It possibly also serves to save a bit more battery power. The device I received had a "Killer Networking" M.2 WiFi card, which I immediately removed in favor of an Atheros QCNFA222 bought on eBay for $12 brand new (ironically the device I got from eBay is a Dell branded one even though Dell wouldn't/couldn't ship this laptop with the Atheros chip I wanted from the assembly line.), and now use the "Killer WiFi" card for target practice with an air rifle. A mildly skilled hamster could be trained to crack open this laptop and switch the cards, it is that easy. The USB Type-C socket works for charging the battery itself, charging a mobile phone, I got it to work for video-output too (some time ago...) and data transfer (you just need to wake the device up after plugging in a USB stick). I pretty much only use the port for charging the laptop as I hardly ever come across a USB memory stick with a Type-C plug. Bonus: I use the same power adapter to charge both my phone & laptop as they use the same Type-C connector; one less thing to carry around albeit the stock Dell power brick is tiny, the aftermarket one is even takes the same amount of time to recharge the laptop with the OEM power adapter as with the aftermarket one (make sure it is at least a 45W, unit easily found on Amazon for $19.99) I use now to charge the laptop and phone. The SD-card slot is something I am tinkering with. I tested the OpenBSD rtsx driver and it works perfectly for them; am presently trying to re-learn hardware programming to see if I can port the OpenBSD driver over to our neck of the woods. Again no deal-breaker for me, and can also be switched off in BIOS... for perhaps some more power saving. I always use a micro-SD to USB Type-A adapter stick anyways for this as most desktops/laptops aren't delivered with an SD Card slot. In the meantime I keep a BaseQi micro-SD card adapter in there for aesthetics & dust/dirt mitigation, they make one specifically for the XPS laptops. The GPU works perfectly with graphics/drm-next-kmod and I don't even bother installing any of the xf86-video-<name> drivers at all. The touchpad works flawlessly with the default Synaptics settings. Add "hw.psm.synaptics_support="1" " to loader.conf to fully enable all the touchpad features and while you are at it "hw.pci.do_power_nodriver=3" for potentially some more power saving.
The keyboard FN buttons (enabled in BIOS) all do what they say they should do, no need to kldload acpi_video.ko or whatever, only the mute button needed an xmodmap entry and you can modify all these buttons to whatever else you want them to do too with xmodmap. The FN F7 button has that marvelous "switch all the lights off instantly" feature, switches off all LEDs and the display for insta-darkness and works straight out of the box.
The screen is super sharp and very bright. In fact I use graphics/intel-backlight reduced to 20% output by default, as I find anything above 60% much too bright for my eyes. The "infinity-edge" screen really is the best one out there in my opinion, and has the thinnest bezel that I'm aware of. I suspect it will take decades of serious abuse before the hinge ever even becomes slightly faulty.
I booted, installed and run FreeBSD without any issues in UEFI mode, no need for any CSM shenanigans.
sysutils/powerdxx is your friend, install it immediately.

#1 Beware of Lenovo, they occasionally release things to consumer markets that can annoy. I'm unsure about the current state of affairs, perhaps someone on this forum can give some better insight, but they've used the so-called "whitelists" with their hardware...which are a royal PITA. I had a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, which had a whitelist that prevented me from switching WiFi cards back in the day when FreeBSD's Intel 7000-series drivers weren't up to snuff. I imagine the current X1 & Yoga 900's might employ this whitelist nonsense. The result is if you don't have an approved card installed, the laptop will be prevented from booting. Again, do some snooping around and find out if Lenovo still do this or do it to the laptop you're intending to acquire.

#2 Beware of the CPU & the integrated GPU feature(s). Mine is an i7-7500U Kaby Lake chip which launched 2 years ago, come Spring time whatever cutting edge CPU/GPU is integrated into Dell / Lenovo laptops might possibly not be 100% supported by graphics/drm-next-kmod yet. Do a bit of stalking online on the FreeBSD Graphics lists and dare-I-say-it Linux fora for anyone mentioning GPU support issues with the latest-greatest offerings.


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So Windows crashed on me. Well, specifically, a HD crashed on me and I discovered that dynamic disks (required for software RAID under Windows) aren't as accessible as I thought they were. Fortunately for me I prepared for this even without knowing it by keeping (and maintaining) a KDE desktop on my Dell server. It's not the fastest, but it gets the job done until I replace my entire machine later this year (it was a Win7 pro 32bit machine, 10+ years old? Could run Minecraft somewhat and that's it).



I'm a huge fan of the NetBeans Java IDE and decided to grab the source, build it and see where that would lead me. And here ya go ;) I think the new logo isn't all too bad.

Moving from Windows 7 to KDE (4) is definitely a bit of a culture shock but fortunately for me software such as KDE, NetBeans and LibreOffice really help to keep me going :)


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Enlightenment 22.4
Windows 95 Icon Pack

My .conkyrc
background = yes
alignment top_right
xftalpha 0.8
update_interval 1.0
total_run_times 0

own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_hints below
own_window_title Diagnostica

double_buffer true
minimum_size 220 5
maximum_width 300
draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders yes
default_color white
default_shade_color white
gap_x 10
gap_y 10
no_buffers yes
cpu_avg_samples 2
override_utf8_locale no
uppercase yes

${color #ddaa00} $alignc $sysname $kernel ($machine)$color
$alignc $uptime

CPU: $alignr ${cpu cpu0} %
${cpubar 3 cpu0}

RAM: $alignr $mem/$memmax
${membar 3}

SWAP: $alignr $swap / $swapmax
${swapbar 3}

ROOT: $alignr ${fs_used /} / ${fs_size /}
${fs_bar 3 /}

BATTERIA: $alignr $battery_percent %
${battery_bar 3}

$alignc PROCESSI

Load: $alignr $loadavg
Processes: $alignr $processes
Running: $alignr $running_processes

${color #ddaa00}Cpu usage $alignr PID     CPU%   MEM% $color
${top name 1} $alignr ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1} ${top mem
${top name 2} $alignr ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2} ${top mem 2}
${top name 3} $alignr ${top pid 3} ${top cpu 3} ${top mem 3}

${color #ddaa00}Mem usage $color
${top_mem name 1} $alignr ${top_mem pid 1} ${top_mem cpu 1} ${top_mem
mem 1}
${top_mem name 2} $alignr ${top_mem pid 2} ${top_mem cpu 2} ${top_mem mem 2}
${top_mem name 3} $alignr ${top_mem pid 3} ${top_mem cpu 3} ${top_mem mem 3}

$alignc RETE

${color #ddaa00} Speed: $alignr ${downspeed wlan0} k/s$color
Tot: $alignr ${totaldown wlan0}
${downspeedgraph wlan0 20} ${alignr}${upspeedgraph wlan0 20}

${color #ddaa00} Speed: $alignr ${upspeed wlan0} k/s$color
Tot: $alignr ${totalup wlan0}
${upspeedgraph wlan0 20} ${alignr}${upspeedgraph wlan0 20}
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Have been playing with DE's and WM,'s for years and never found one I just loved and stuck with. I wanted something light, not because of lack of resources, but because I have more control (?) I honestly have no idea but it appeals to me so there...I found x11-wm/cwm the other day and I must admit I am in love. Simple, fast, easy to configure. Why have I not used this before?