Richard Bucker

Why a BSD Laptop

Posted at — Aug 22, 2021

The squirrels have reasserted themselves and are chirping at the base of the tree. Over the last 2 days I have been fixated on getting a running OpenBSD or FreeBSD laptop in my lap and I just do not know why. Back in my PDP-11 days everything was a dumb terminal… whether it was a literal terminal connected to the RS232 multiplexor or connected via some 1200bps modem to a PC running a very basic VT100 terminal emulator.

Over the last 20 years I have been jealous of those OpenBSD programmers who had converted costly IBM Thninkpads and even today those same machines are costly and I have the same envy. But one thing I no longer appreciate is the installation and configuration of any and all of the X windows cruft. The basic OpenBSD desktop is very painful.

ChromeOS and the web are the modern telnet terminal

Over the last two days I’ve been reminded of my technology prejudices

What am I using today?

Where am I going next?