Enjoy the silence?

Sorry about the break in communication over the past few days; the job and real life intruded, as is wont to happen. It always seems like I have a long list of things to write about, and the time I need to write them gets claimed by something else. That’s life.

I’ve reinstalled Crux in that time, first building a conventional system like I’m used to (Openbox, etc.) and now issuing a system-wide rebuild command using some wacky CFLAGS, MAKEFLAGS and LDFLAGS that have been discussed on the Crux mailing list. My /etc/pkgmk.conf looks like this right now:

export CFLAGS="-O3 -march=pentium3 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -fvisibility-inlines-hidden -ffast-math"
export CXXFLAGS="-O3 -march=pentium3 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -fvisibility-inlines-hidden -ffast-math"
export LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed -Wl,--relax"
export MAKEFLAGS="-j 2"

Ah, it’ll probably break everything. That’s okay. That’s how I learn.

On the other side of the fence, I collected a rather amusing list of X-based software — like the list of GTK1.2 stuff — and I’ll try to post that in the coming days. There’s nothing terribly earth-shattering in the list, but it might be a curiosity for someone leaning on an ancient machine who just needs a halfway-decent file manager, or something like that.

That GTK1.2 Ubuntu system really grew on me, to be honest. When I took the time to make it look a little more attractive (which is a lot of work in itself) and reoriented myself to the software pecularities, I actually found I liked it. That might just be human nature, on a small scale though — people learn to like things that pose difficulties, if they can surmount them eventually. More likely than not, it’s an issue of pride. :roll:

Regardless, consider that another endorsement for a desktop made of nothing after GTK1.2. If you take the time and find software you like, it might turn into a labor of love. And machine performance will not disappoint, I promise. ;)

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Some recent desktops

May 6, 2011
Musca 0.9.24 on Crux Linux
150Mhz Pentium 96Mb 8Gb CF

May 14, 2011
IceWM 1.2.37 and Arch Linux
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

Some recent games

Apr. 21, 2011
Oolite on Xubuntu 11.04
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

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