Archive for February, 2011
Want to add some color to your shell environment? FreeBSD and most Linux distros have color options included in the “ls” utility by default. OpenBSD doesn’t but but it’s very easy to add. We just need to install the “colorls” package (sysutils/colorls in ports).
# pkg_add colorls
Colorls works exactly the same as regular “ls”. To get the color option you just need to use the -G option. If you want it to replace “ls” for regular work you can create an alias in your favorite shell’s environment file. The output for file and directory listings will now have a different color for different types of files.
White = regular file
Purple = directory
Red = executable file
Magenta = symbolic link
White highlight = Set Group ID enabled
Red highlight = Set User ID enabled
Yellow highlight = Sticky bit enabled
Enjoy! Almost as good as getting the window seat at work.
It’s a long waged battle to get working Flash support on BSD. Most OpenBSD users either learn to live without it or try semi-working solutions such as gnash. On FreeBSD the support is somewhat passable using Linux emulation with a Linux binary version of Flash.
In yet another attempt to get Adobe to reconsider their position the PC-BSD team has put together a petition to get Flash for FreeBSD. Getting Adobe to see the growing number of BSD users is very important in making BSD more mainstream. Adobe has maintained Solaris support for Flash for a number of years. I think we’ve come a long way since Solaris was last a mainstream Unix desktop system compared to the number of desktop BSD systems there are now. If Adobe were to make Flash for FreeBSD I believe that it would be a fairly simple matter to get it to work under OpenBSD’s FreeBSD emulation mode.
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