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lucas's avatar
1 month ago
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lucas
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hey! what OSes, window managers/environs, and other related software do you use?

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atlas, freebsd, home file server

my file server at home (running freebsd) has recently gotten use as a desktop computer. but i don't have it fully operational; it just has taken too long to get everything setup! while some things work surprisingly well for freebsd, some things have been a struggle. my chipset only supports 30 Hz, which makes Xorg fairly unbearable.

firefox---good. my biggest (or only) complaint is the font rendering. firefox sync works, youtube videos play, and fastmail apps work well enough.

opera---meh. seems slower than firefox, which is really saying something. sync throws a generic error. so i don't use it on freebsd

vlc player---good

pdf viewing---okay, but i need good printing support, and i don't have printing working at all currently.

yubioath-desktop---haven't been able to get it working with my yubikeys using CCID.

gpg---works well with my yubikeys for PGP.

i think the awful refresh rate really keeps me from putting more effort into setting it up for work. accordingly, here are things i want to do but haven't yet actively sought:

- programming (maybe running a local vm as a dev webserver)
- versioning (git, svn, etc.)
- writing in latex
bluet's avatar
1 month ago
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bluet
i3 manages my windows. i hate it

i use google-chrome. it's a memory hog and it tears, but at least it doesn't ever crash

mpv plays videos well. i have my own program for setting the refresh rate to 23.976 for film since xrandr can't set fractional refresh rates

okular and zathura display documents only okay

git (and sometimes git-annex) stores everything i care about. i love it!

i have started writing documents in groff (and tbl, eqn pic, ...). much less frustrating than latex
lucas's avatar
1 month ago
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lucas
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thanks for the response. your expediency is pretty amazing for an otherwise dead website here!

i'll have to look into some of those programs you referenced. thanks!

i'm hoping that phi_ will mosey on by now...
asemisldkfj's avatar
1 month ago
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I'm on mac 100% now (except servers and a random torrent box running xubuntu). firefox is amazing now (after the quantum thing). iina is a great modern alternative to vlc on mac now. been using 1password (costs money) for my password manager for a while and I love it. everything else is kinda just the built in stuff (mail.app, itunes/music.app, photos, etc.). oh and iterm2 is crucial on macos too.
lucas's avatar
3 weeks ago
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lucas
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is it easy to make a mac clone with recent versions of mac os?