Managing a PC BSD workstation¶
I am a big fan of the clean lines of FreeBSD Unix. However, I am in a minority, where the winner (Linux) has massive network effect advantages.
Migrating my main workstation(s) to Linux is not my preferred solution.
I used to build my workstation from scracth - rebuilding the whole from source (See OSBuilder). However that started taking more and more precious time.
So I am looking for productivity solutions.
I am a software professional choosing to use BSD to develop on, and choosing to do so in a manner that does not lose me days of client-billable time if a driver upgrade fails.
PC-BSD presents a workstation on FreeBSD. They spend a lot of time and effort making things work. But we can cut down a lot on the outliers.
- Why is the world changing when the basic stuff still works?
Ethernet networking just works. So stick with it. For a desktop machine this is fine. For a laptop - well I used to stick to one dongle and one set of configs - till that changed below me. Now - Netgear universal WiFi.
PC-BSD have prebuilt pbis. THats fine but on an upgrade they wipe out all your nice ports you built. And if you dont use ports, you dont get source - fopr example you need to build postgres-client apps (psql) from source so that Python psycopg libraries can be built.
So - the PC_BSD upgrade doesnot wipe portjails
initialising the portjail
updating a working portjail
portjail console su (sudo not configured here) portsnap fetch extract (or update)
Xorg and Dual Monitors¶
I know VGA moniotr works - I used to have iut running pre PC-BSD and I can dual moniotr with anohter laptop xrandr not finding VGA
[pbrian@hadrian ~]$ sudo lspci | grep -i vga 00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 9802
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/44299/how-to-deal-with-freebsds-move-to-pkgconf migrating from pkg_config to pkgconf
Basically a main junction is being replaced / renamed. We want to renameit thoughtout beforr more problems
sudo portmaster -o devel/pkgconf devel/pkg-config