[NTLK] [ADMIN] Happy New Year! Happy New Server!

Morgan Aldridge morgant at makkintosshu.com
Fri Jan 15 12:17:28 PST 2021

On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 3:54 AM Vladislav Korotnev
<vladkorotnev at gmail.com> wrote:
> But for the time when I need some rest, I've found an island of
> comfort in another machine — a Thinkpad X220 tablet with Linux.
> Configured it to look like Mac OS 9 with Platinum and the Charcoal
> font, top bar menu, Platinum sounds, a real bootscreen even (shameless
> plugging: https://github.com/vladkorotnev/System8).
> Wrote a bunch of scripts to connect all the media platforms I use over
> RSS into Liferea, rebuilding everything with GTK2 to avoid the
> non-platinum looks, Pale Moon and Claws Mail styled as OS 9 era
> Netscape.

It's definitely interesting to hear what others are using for desktop
OSes these days.

Not to get too off topic, but -- similarly -- I spent a year on
OpenBSD running the old MLVWM (Macintosh-Like Virtual Window Manager;
<https://github.com/morgant/mlvwm>) with a custom set of configuration
files (<https://github.com/morgant/mlvwmrc>). I've had to switch back
to macOS due to some client development projects I couldn't get
working right under OpenBSD, but I still dual-boot OpenBSD and do some
development work there. I haven't gone as far as you in reproducing
that Classic Mac OS look and feel, but it's refreshingly nostalgic and
I can run modern browsers like Firefox & Chrome, plus most of my dev

More recently, I've taken over maintenance of MLVWM, plus started
dusting off a few old Mac-like X Windows apps that came out around the
time of MLVWM, including Xwf (<https://github.com/morgant/xwf>). I
don't have much time to poke at them and the code is really rough, but
I want to preserve them if I can.

Bringing things somewhat back on-topic, I switched to OpenBSD for the
UNNA server after a search for a replacement to OS X Server. OpenBSD
also has BasiliskII, so I can do some NewtonScript development.
Someday maybe I'll try to get NEWT/0 and Einstein ported over to
OpenBSD, but I want to get UNNA mirrors set up before I distract
myself more than I already have.


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