The Tridecadal Korean (astralblue) wrote,
The Tridecadal Korean

Long Live FreeBSD!

Lately I've been swinging back to the open-source court, and this time the theme is the desktop environment -- doing whatever usual daily tasks like browsing the web and checking email, in a non-geeky/non-nerdy way:

  • No ncurses-based mail program -- bye-bye mutt(1), hello Thunderbird.

  • No command-line MP3/Ogg organization tools -- bye-bye oggenc(1)/ogginfo(1)/lame(1)/id3v2(1), hello Grip/TagTool.

  • No manual compressed archive manipulation -- bye-bye tar(1)/unzip(1), hello GNOME Compressed File Manager.

And with Firefox adapting itself more and more to the real world and vice versa -- web pages adapting themselves more and more to Firefox, there are less and less reasons to boot to Windows.  Maybe I should boot to Windows now and back up all the data files that I have to save, so I don't lose them even if I just forget to boot to Windows ever again. :p  Well, actually there's still a reason to boot to Windows -- to use my scanner.  As much as I love it, Canon needs a lightening bold right through its head... Perhaps that'll enlighten Canon and make it release firmware/driver for the open-source world.  Urgh.  This is also why I'm so reluctant to buy a Canon digital camera -- most Canon digital cameras require a special device driver (of course, released only for Windows and MacOS) to transfer files to the host PC.  What a showstopper. XD

Oh, let's not forget that GNOME's subpixel renderer is way better than that of Windows (also known as ClearType) -- my desktop uses 은바탕/은고딕 (UnBatang/UnGothic) as the base serif/sans-serif fonts for both Korean and English, and combined with subpixel rendering, they look just... *drools*  :D  I'll upload screencaps later.

Plus, the Crystal for GNOME desktop theme is so sexy it owns both the stock Windows XP theme and the MacOS X Aqua theme's asses anytime.  Simple and clean, yet stylish.

Most of all, I don't have to worry about paying anything to anybody -- all I'm asked to do is to offer feedback, and if I'm capable of coding, which I am, bugfixes.  (Actually I even donate $$$ to several open-source projects, including FreeBSD, Mozilla and PostgreSQL -- feels way better than purchasing some random-ass software that might not even work as advertised.)


  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.