sean at mcneil.com
Mon Sep 27 15:12:50 PDT 2004
On Mon, 2004-09-27 at 14:57, George Hartzell wrote:
> Sean McNeil writes:
> > On Mon, 2004-09-27 at 14:16, George Hartzell wrote:
> > > Peter Schultz writes:
> > > > How far off are we from a stable version of FreeBSD PPC? Apple's
> > > > laptops are sweet.
> > >
> > > Except for the D#@% caps lock key. It's IN THE WRONG PLACE and
> > > apparent best tool for swapping it around (uControl) doesn't work
> > > reliably and the dang led stays on anyway....
> > Huh? I'm looking at my powerbook right now and the caps lock key is in
> > the exact same place as it is on my logitec keyboard and my compaq
> > laptop. Only difference that I see is the backspace key says delete and
> > there is no "delete" key that kills the character on the cursor.
> Yeah, I'm an old weirdo [who also uses emacs a lot]. I grew up with
> the control key being that big sucker just to the left of the 'A' key,
> and reaching down and under to the bottom row bothers my left
> wrist/hand. I'm otherwise keyboard agnostic (I don't care where the
> esc key is, I just use ctrl-[ and I'm used to figuring out just what
> the BS/Del key sends) but the ctrl key is important. Fortunately, on
> PC hardware, it's easy enough to get it where i want/like/need it.
I see what you mean. But they moved that a long time ago. I'm amazed
you have managed to stick with the old positioning. The feel of a
Logitech keyboard is pretty sweet.
> It may well be a minor nit, but they're not *your* fingers that start
> tingling. It's enough to keep me from treating my 15" powerbook as my
> day-to-day unix machine. Well, that and trying to live w/ the weird
> unix environment, which is a pale imitation of FreeBSD and our
> incredible ports tree. It makes a great mac though (digital imaging,
> photoshop, etc...).
> The powerbook hardware *is* nice. FreeBSD/PPC and the powerbook might
> well be a different story (I could live w/ the led staying lit if that
> key were an otherwise reliable ctrl...).
That is actually the only reason I have a mac - I needed a mac. IMHO I
don't think anyone should get a powerbook and then put FreeBSD on it.
That is unless you could run mac software on it. I would (will?)
someday get a desktop on ebay and put FreeBSD on it, though.
Oh, and EMACS RULES!!! ;-)
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