Well, that was probably an even a bigger schoolboy error than not reading the PC-BSD manual! In my search to find a solution to my ‘Start X’ error, it turns out the PC-BSD is no longer supported but is pretty much continuing under the TrueOS banner.
I’ve been wanted to get back to where we started, specifically my MacBook Air (MBA) and doing something with the spare partition I created when I setup eOS, but I hadn’t really found the time or decided what I was going to use it for.
Given FreeNAS runs on FreeBSD I thought that was probably the most sensible option, so decided to give PC-BSD a shot, mainly as I expected that to be a lot easier than trying to install FreeBSD and then get a desktop environment up and running (although I had managed that in a virtual machine running a Xfce desktop). If PC-BSD works, then maybe I’ll try that next.
I’ve decided to try and break this down into 2 blogs, and as a small homage to the greatest film ever made I’m calling the first one Episode IV!
I thought it would be useful to understand what I use in macOS before diving into the alternatives available in eOS. This is likely to be a real deal-breaker, as I know some of the things I use daily just don’t exist outside macOS, but let’s cover off some of this to begin.
Not with Miley Cyrus!
One of the good things about a default eOS install is the lightweight feel. It really doesn’t come with a lot installed, which is good if you want to add just what you need, but I do feel it’s missing a few fundamental things. There are also some settings and switches that can make it feel a little more macOS like, so I’m going to cover these here. Some might say they’re just apps (and they’d probably be right) but I’m still working on that blog(s)…
You didn’t actually think I was done?
I’ve actually been playing around some more with my eOS MBA and after installing a few more things and trying a few alternatives managed to break it again! It wasn’t broken in the same sense that it wouldn’t boot, but I couldn’t install or update anything through the AppCenter (or Ubuntu Software Center I’d installed as an alternative) so after not too much trying to fix I thought I’d start again, hence Take 3.
Are you crazy I can imagine some people thinking? Possibly, but I also wanted to see how long it would take a 3rd time and how much easier it would be knowing I’d blogged everything last time. And unsurprisingly it was much quicker and easier! I’m back to where I left, and have resolved a couple of self-inflicted issues from Take 2:
I’ve kind of left this until the very end as I knew accessing my mail would be pretty straight forward. Webmail would always be an option if not, but I’ve configured other mail client in other Linux VM’s so knew this would be fine.
I have 4 e-mail addresses, or which I really only use 2. The 2 I don’t really use are iCloud.com (I actually used me.com long before iCloud) and Gmail.com. I still receive some mail into both, so have them configured but don’t send anything. The 2 I use are both hosted by Pickaweb on my own domains – aw1.co.uk and the one you’re viewing this on apeconsulting.co.uk.