Even though I'm far from switching to bsd as my daily driver I'm eager to have a OpenBSD laptop around. And as I feel the need to switch my Thinkpad X270 back from OpenBSD 6.8 to Linux—for reasons—I installed OpenBSD 6.8 on an rather old i368* laptop: a Dell Latitude X1...
The overall installation, including the setup of full disk encryption, was pretty simple and straightforward—as usual. I really enjoy the OpenBSD install experience, very slick!
Starting w/ downloading the latest
installXX.iso for i368 from https://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq4.html#Download and flashing it onto a USB drive.
While in the past, for the actual installation, I was successfully and happily following Roman's install (git src repo), this time around, I followed this recipe: Installing OpenBSD 6.8 with disk encryption (+ FVWM ricing) (but actually, w/ out configuring or ricing FVWM, as my window manager of choice is (still) i3wm)
su - # echo 'permit username' > /etc/doas.conf # sysptach # rcctl enable apmd # rcctl set apmd flags -A -z 7 # rcctl start apmd # echo "keyboard.bell.volume=0" >> /etc/wsconsctl.conf
The hardware is quite outdated:
- CPU: Intel Pentium M ~1 GHz
- Ram: 1.2 GB
Right away, I was tempted to replace the HDD w/ an SSD... but, unfortunately, it's a 1.8" HDD w/ a 50 pin connector (PATA?). And, as it turns out, one can't get hold of such an SSD anymore. At least, it seems impossible doing so at a decent price point.
I even looked into a adapter option, using a Compact Flash Card instead... only to discover that the Dell Latitude X1 actually has a dedicated slot for a CF Card. But, as I do not have a decently sized CF around, I went w/ the HDD—for now.
Software & Ricing—WORK-IN-PROGRESS
# Install i3-gaps doas pkg_add i3-gaps mkdir -p /.config/i3 cp /usr/local/share/examples/i3status/i3status.conf ~/ cp /usr/local/share/examples/i3/config ~/.config/i3/ echo "setxkbmap -layout de -variant nodeadkeys -option caps:escape" > .xinitrc echo "exec i3" > ~/.xsession doas rcctl enable xenodm
urxvt as terminal emulator:
doas pkg_add rxvt-unicode # vi ~/.config/i3/config # bindsym Mod1+Return exec /usr/local/bin/urxvt
To be continued, eventually (though likely not 🙈)