Sway + FreeBSD

13 Mar 2022

Sway and FreeBSD

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I started to migrate from macOS back in December 2020 - kext "deprecation" was the last drop. And we won, eventually. But the fact that you had to fight for it, and the internal reaction - everything now is just screaming there is nothing left of what used to be OSX. Not to mention no macOS Server and no Pro. That is it. So...

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Early FreeBSD 13B1 builds on my laptop were not as smooth as I wanted - you had to tweak the CPU, network, boot, peripheral drivers, etc. Fun but not as efficient as it could be. A few months later, in the final 13 the difference was overcoming. I mean touchscreen-out-of-the-box overcoming. Then sway's stability improved dramatically, and I started working on my freebsd-station playbook. After a few more months, I managed to polish the layout and started porting the environment. I forgot that I don't need minutes for the IDE to load. No more web-based Atom and parasitic brew. macOS would still be a better option (machine) for Capture One tasks, but it's not like I will be building a medium-format rig. So I can drop the mouse as well.

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After porting 100% of my macOS environment to FreeBSD, I still need to close some gaps in media. But to achieve 'full automation dandy', I would need my freebsd-server with poudriere deployed and full of configs.