Since is turning more and more corporate, I would really start using more and more.

with some desktop environment maybe?
Or does anyone else have any other suggestion?

I've tried Project Trident for a while, but it was not stable enough for my hardware for some reason.

@selea Guix isn't very corporate as far as I can tell

I use OpenBSD as my desktop and server at home. Install takes about 3 minutes, following the defaults. Most of the major WMs and DEs are well supported, and are generally installed from packages.

It is a big culture shift from Linux. It is expected you will have read the OpenBSD FAQ and the relevant man pages before asking questions. TBH, the docs are good enough to handle 95% of issues.

If you need more point n click, PC-BSD is also good, based on freebsd


I thought PC-BSD was renamed to TrueOS and then renamed to Project Trident?

That would tell you the last time I used it then :flan_XD:

I'm primarily a cli user on the desktop, aside from firefox. I use cwm as my DE which comes with the OpenBSD default install. I've been using OBSD exclusively for about 8 years now, though I do admin CentOS and Debian for a living.

The FAQ will very clearly explain the install process. Biggest issue is hardware compat. Generally, most Thinkpads and business class Dell laptops will work.

@selea Depends on the distro, the only really corporate Distros are stock Ubuntu and Redhat/CentOS

I'd say it depends what you do...both #OpenBSD and #FreeBSD are great, but have short-falls. For example, both have VMs, but neither is "easy" to use, some software is lacking, I never got some desktop environments running on BSD, stuff like that...

If you try out #FreeBSD, I'd recommend #GhostBSD - and #OpenBSD worked better for me personally. But DO check your hardware compatibility BEFORE you install.

Yes come onboard ! (free|open)BSD would be a good start and the community will be there for you !

@selea None of the BSDs run well on my hardware. I don't care about the corperate nature of Linux, only the freedom respecting part.

@selea I might be totally wrong but isn't BSD even more corporate (thinking about licenses, etc)?

hmm, good thought.
I did not even think that far

@selea OpenBSD is really nice, it have very good system monitoring tools too for servers and have a better network stack than Linux (not really hard tho)


A part of me wants to make it my daily driver, but a part of me is still with linux-libre

@selea I gave a shot before I settled on Ubuntu, actually, and I really like the FreeBSD community, but the initial setup went _way_ over my head. After installation and rebooting I discovered that it had not saved my network information and I had to track down a bunch of information to manually encode into some configuration files. Very strange way to run an OS, to say the least. Make sure you install network managers and setup programs before rebooting.


Ah thanks for the headsup!
I am definitely investigating this!

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