I run OpenBSD on my TiBook. This system is one of the nicest that I have had the privilage of working on, so sleek, so elegant, so nice. Most of the hardware is supported: X handles the 1152x768 screen size, the built in ethernet works fine, so does USB. The airport card works pretty good. Battery life is quite nice, I can get 2:30 out of normal usage, and that's w/o apm working fully! (And by that, I mean it only reports battery status, no suspend or anything good like that.) X.org 6.8.1 works beautifully, both with regular output, and with watching videos. With Ogle, the performance is fine and dandy. Sound works as of 3.9.
Kernel dump doesn't work.

I run: FVWM (window manager), gaim (aol/icq/etc), gkrellm (system monitor), xv (background pictures), sylpheed-claws (gtk email client), mg (emacs-style editor), xscreensaver (screensaver) and gimp(image manipulation)

My dmesg


I just bought a digital camera, and it works in OpenBSD. Olympus Stylus 600. With an 1G xD card, it shows up in the dmesg as:
umass0 at uhub1 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0
umass0: OLYMPUS uD600,S600, rev 1.10/1.00, addr 2
umass0: using SCSI over Bulk-Only
scsibus1 at umass0: 2 targets
sd0 at scsibus1 targ 1 lun 0:  SCSI2 0/direct removable
sd0: 999MB, 999 cyl, 64 head, 32 sec, 512 bytes/sec, 2047815 sec total
I tried out a bunch of Window Managers, and I found that the best one for my purposes is FVWM2. I tried Fluxbox, tried XFCE, tried KDE, tried GNOME. I hated GNOME, and KDE is a fucking pig (CPU and memory). XFCE is not bad, Fluxbox is better, but FVWM2 works best for me. I like a small WM. The "killer feature" of FVWM2 is the pager. Sad but true, I switched from Fluxbox because of the pager. I know I can get other apps to behave like the FVWM pager, but I had numerous problems trying to get one to behave how I like. Just a bit of configuration, and it's just how I like it.

I'm down to the included FVWM in OpenBSD. Less software to install is good.

My dot.fvwm2rc file
This site looks interesting for configuring FVWM. I'm putting it here as a bookmark. http://ironphoenix.org/tril/fvwm/configs/
$ cat ~/bgpict.sh
nice xv -maxp -wloop -wait 300 -random -fixed -maxpect \
-rmode 5 ~/bgpict/*.{gif|jpg|png} &
The only thing in ~/bgpict is my backgrounds (about 550 of them). Choose a random picture, make it the background, keep aspect ratio, and rotate every 5 minutes (300 seconds). ~/safebgpict.sh is the same thing, but explicitly delcares non-offensive pictures to be eligible backgrounds.

Updated: People have asked to see some screen shots, so here ya go: Shot 6, Shot 7, Shot 8, Shot 9.

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September 28 2005, Peter Hessler spambox@theapt.org