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Wesley Moore @wezm

The next post in my, "Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X", series is up: A Year Away From Mac OS bitcannon.net/post/a-year-away mastodon.social/media/r2sPvuh7

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@wezm freeBSD badly needs to hire a webdesigner. So uglyyyy.

@Mainebot yeah good point. Website isn’t mobile friendly either.

@wezm you are welcome to #autosavemyfarm on #OpenBSD :) I believe @thfr reached out with his porting efforts to the FreeBSD and NetBSD community but there were no takers.

Great read, thanks for sharing! Not sure what all you're looking for in an OS, but some you might want to consider: #TrueOS (desktop/laptop FreeBSD), #HardenedBSD (secure FreeBSD), #DragonFlyBSD, #OpenIndiana, #9front, and maybe #HaikuOS if they have rust support.
If nothing else, they'll show off some really fascinating ideas worked on by some of the best people I've talked to.

@architect I’ve tried most of those and still come back to stock FreeBSD and Arch Linux:-) I’d love Haiku to get over the line and I’m keeping an eye on Redox

@wezm @angristan I really want to like gnome but it performs unacceptably poorly even on my modern hardware.

@animeirl @angristan oh that’s a shame. I’ve always found it amazing snappy. Lowest specced machine I used it on was a 5 year old Mac mini.

@wezm @angristan I'm admittedly a bit more picky than average since I have a 144hz monitor but I don't think window dragging matching your refresh rate should be that much to ask

@animeirl @angristan @wezm 144hz is pretty fast... How do you even see that mismatch do you like have super eyes?
@ayy @animeirl @angristan @wezm

you can see the screen tear like if you have vertical sync off pretty easily (at least for me). honestly at 144hz i do feel like it is too much to ask though

@karolat @wezm @angristan @ayy not talking about screen tear. vsync works fine in linux. a lot of animations (including moving windows which shouldn't even be an animation) seem locked at 60 (or 50, for some reason) frames per second though regardless of refresh rate. Also vanilla gnome shell 3.26 has random cpu spikes that cause huge (often up to half a second or more) freezes of everything on screen due to a broken commit from over a year ago that they refuse to fix or even comment on (luckily there's patch that reverts it in arch AUR though you're fucked on the current ubuntu iirc). The idea that gnome3 will ever be professional quality with the way development is currently handled is laughable.

@wezm Have you chosen between FreeBSD and Linux?

(And have you tried Fedora?)

@taoeffect I use both: FreeBSD on desktop machine, Arch Linux on laptop. I tried Fedora last year. It’s very well done but I like Arch where everything is always up to date and there’s nothing installed that I didn’t explicitly ask for.

@wezm Cool, makes sense.

If you ever write a followup to your series I'd be interested in how FreeBSD compares to Arch in your view.

i.e. why you decided to use both, why FreeBSD on the desktop and Arch on laptop, whether you'll continue like that, etc.

@wezm And also, if you got Wayland working, as X11 is insecure poo

@taoeffect FreeBSD didn’t work well on my laptop (lack of graphics and Wifi drivers). Even if I did get it working well the power efficiency isn’t as good as Linux so decided to stick with Arch there. No such issues on the desktop.

@kensanata @wezm I am still using it and I like it. It is a lot of legwork though..

@ckeen @wezm I stopped using it because my finances are basically under control and it was too much work just for curiosity’s sake. Oh well.

@wezm I have switched to Arch from macOS in 2016 as well (if I'm reading your timeline correctly). After switching to Gentoo for about two months this December I'm now on Solus. Mainly because I have hard time avoiding the distraction of tinkering with an OS rather than using it :P It's great to see the distribution evolving as I use it comparing to established distributions which have stagnated in their development.
Thank you for your inspirational articles!