User:Tigersharke

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Background
I used FreeBSD (2.2.6) for a short while a long long time ago, and now have returned to FreeBSD but to the PC-BSD (8.0) version. Once upon a time I managed to get X windows running in BeOS, and in the olden days I had Gno/Me on my Apple IIgs. When I was in school, I took classes in BASIC, LOGO, Pascal, and C. Most of my programming was for class assignments.. and although I was highly interested in writing my own software, I got sidetracked with playing computer games.
Present
These days I am regaining my various skills, learning and improving building/porting, seemingly continuously troubleshooting, and trying to be of some service to the PC-BSD community. You may have read my blog, A Little Daemon on My Desktop at the PC-BSD advocacy site.
Hardware
I hope to use as much of my system's capability as possible. My primary system is a Lenovo ThinkCentre A62 9705 CTO, with a Sapphire Radeon HD 5870, but I also have some old Dell Optiplex Gs and Gn machines- two have NetBSD installed, and functioning distcc between them. For the curious, a few speed test results: Jul'11, Nov'11. Also I may be listening to music. Below dmesg | head

Older:

 Copyright (c) 1992-2011 The FreeBSD Project.
 Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
         The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
 FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
 FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE #0: Sun Apr  3 23:06:22 CDT 2011
     tigersharke@Mutant:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/PCBSD amd64
 CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B (2606.63-MHz K8-class CPU)
   Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x60fb2  Family = f  Model = 6b  Stepping = 2
   Features=0x178bfbff<FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE36,CLFLUSH,MMX,FXSR,SSE,SSE2,HTT>

Current:

 Copyright (c) 1992-2011 The FreeBSD Project.
 Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
       	 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
 FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
 FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE #3: Tue Dec 27 14:14:29 PST 2011
     root@build9x64.pcbsd.org:/usr/obj/builds/amd64/pcbsd-build90/fbsd-source/9.0/sys/GENERIC amd64
 CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B (2606.68-MHz K8-class CPU)
   Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x60fb2  Family = f  Model = 6b  Stepping = 2
   Features=0x178bfbff<FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE36,CLFLUSH,MMX,FXSR,SSE,SSE2,HTT>
   Features2=0x2001<SSE3,CX16>
Methodology
I used to build/install via ports tree directly in my system, rather than use a pkg or pbi. After I discovered the ease and usefulness of testing/exploration/investigation of various things inside of a jail, I tend to install within a jail for those situations. This does not prevent all of my 'living on the edge' ways, since there are plenty of ways I could harm myself but it is not a critical style error, and if I run into problems there is a new opportunity for learning. If I discover a port that I like, I will attempt to turn it into a PBI for myself (so that an adjustment to system packages or update doesn't cause it to vanish).
Since I am still learning, my lack of knowledge combined with my meticulous nature, means problem solving becomes an exploration of permutations and combinations until I happen to stumble across the answer. It is definitely not the fastest method and certainly involves a bit of frustration, but when necessary I put a project away for a while and look at it again when I am not so aggravated.
I strive for consistency and thoroughness. Where possible, I try to use the full potential of the particular tool/software, and learn what those capabilities are when the need presents itself.
Contributions
Of course, I have done some additions and many edits of this site. I post to the blog I mentioned earlier and have started a number of topics in the forums on SpreadPCBSD. I am usually on #pcbsd on the Freenode irc server, and try to answer questions as best I can. Uploaded more than 10 pieces of a PC-BSD install video series to YouTube for Bebuxe.
One project I tried to tackle was the eventual official port of PySide to FreeBSD. Those who are curious can get my version of the FreeBSD makefiles etc from the subversion area. However, this was successfully completed by someone else as an official FreeBSD port and the work I did can be considered superfluous.
Revised the v8.2 and v9.0 html version of the published handbook to include css and sidebar menu.
Linux is perfectly fine until its inconsistent world of chaos encroaches upon mine.
Anyone who has had to deal with understanding the reasoning within a Linux Makefile (or CMakelist.txt file) would know how needlessly challenging porting things to BSD can be. If the makefile determines that it isn't building for Linux, you may automatically be lumped in with Windows, or Linux, or some other weird special-case that may not work quite right. In a perfect world, they would test for BSD and let us fill-in how we need things to happen: like proper install directories, naming conventions, dependencies. If they had something much like Mk/linux.bsd_isms.mk similar to our own, we might not always scuff our foreheads so often.
Generic rebuttal
Why do I doubt that there are many BSD users who would seriously ask a Linux crowd, "Why should I use flavor X of Linux?"
yet, Linux users abound who don't see a reason to use BSD and must sarcastically ask, "Why should I use flavor X of BSD?"


Your email is welcomed and promptly answered.

--Tigersharke
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  1. If we had cite extension installed this sentence would show differently.