I don't really use irc anymore either. Not to speak for every channel, but it just isn't a good medium really. I mean I've been having problems with X, and x.org just basically ignores me. I have asked a well thought out question in their channel about 3 times (with a couple of hours in between asking) with links to screenshots and everything, and no one cared to help me. So I basically just gave up. I don't know maybe there is a mailing list or something I should try. I also had some problems with debian and their channel faq link is filled with the F word and everything. Not that really offends me, just it isn't really professional. #ubuntu is hopelessly lost with so much crap I can't even began to explain. I used to take the route of "just ask on irc" but honestly I am done with that. To use BSD or GNU/Linux you really have to know what your doing, and I admit I am no guru. Not everyone on earth should be using BSD or GNU/Linux, I'm sorry. I like how openbsd attitude is, we don't care if you use our stuff, but if you do use it do whatever you want with it. I really want to learn BSD now and coding, but I'm not going to do it on my main machine. Even debian stable has given me problems. I mean I just installed a BASIC debian 3.1. stable install of debian, and choose the desktop option. I had to reconfigure X to get it working right, but that was easy using debconf. It worked for a few hours, then I rebooted for some reason (I didn't change anything or install anything new), and gnome just gives me all these errors; nautilus wouldn't start and panel wouldn't start. And this is supposed to be stable. I couldn't figure out my X problems on ubuntu, there channel was useless. I want to be a hacker and figure stuff out and not just ask all the time, like my sysadmin Sasha. He learned to admin OpenBSD just by reading man pages and stuff. Thats what I want to do, just sit down and read some man pages. I don't expect BSD to just work, and I want to learn. But for example I don't want to have a car that I built from scratch from parts various different people made with no main focus, and have that be my main car that I need to take to work, etc... I want a main reliable car that I take to work, then something I hack on. Plus if I see an opportunity with someones parts, to make something unique, I don't want to be forced to give up all my rights to that. This is why I've grown to like BSD philosophy so much. The GNU revolution will never happen I don't believe, but I think many revolutions have come out of bsd, and look, its still around, not going anywhere, despite what the trolls may say. Creative commons is a failure and stupid. Just look on archive.org, all the open source movies are like "my kids birthday party", "nasa control room footage", "random crap". It doesn't work like software. No one is going to be able to hack together a bunch of different footage and make a movie that looks like it has any kind of focus. Instead you need a team of committed people with a greater focus. I think this is what you have in the BSD community. Richard Stallman and his followers want to take away a lot of things which my close friends enjoy (non-free games) and that really scares me. My friends don't care to read the code of their games, and if they did want to learn coding they could learn. Not having that game open source isn't going to reduce their ability to learn coding, just like not having all songs creative commons isn't going to reduce the ability of an artist to write their own song. Sure when it comes down to it, all music is just music, and all code is just code, but an expert can tell the difference between the different works. In the end I'm just really starting to hate computers, and think I'm going to do more exercise and hang out with friends and go to church and stuff instead of just sitting around thinking what OS is better and should I let richard stallman mentally rape me. OS X and 2k was doing stuff 6 years ago that X11 is just now getting features for that is in pre-alpha. I have used OS X and ubuntu dapper with xcomposite and xgl on the same ibook, and OS X works fine, while X11 stuff runs terribley. Even with a lot of focus, its going to take at least a couple months for this to become stable. X11 has so many visual artifacts, textual bleeding, window trails, etc... and yes I have the right drivers and settings installed. OS X doesn't have any of this, and neither will vista. In the end I have faith in both open source model, and corporate model, which is why I like BSD. And I'm not a god-hating, religious-mocking, "liberal anarchist", paranoid like RMS and his followers. Thanks for hearing me out guys.
Sorry for this crap, I don't have a journal/diary so I just post my rants on the internet.
smash the state in '08!