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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, to @dfox, @trogus: Thanks for creating a social media Web site which is actually tolerable, possibly even good. To the other users of this Web site: Thanks for not fucking up this actually-tolerable social media Web site.
Keep up the good work.

On a different note, _Deus Ex_ is by far my favourite video game. However, OpenBSD, which is my favourite operating system, does not support playing _Deus Ex_; as such, I was forced to improvise.
I own a few servers which run Ubuntu Linux, which can run VirtualBox, which can run Microsoft Windows XP, which can play _Deus Ex_. As such, I relocated my copy of Windows XP and spun up a new virtual machine, installing the operating system and the video game. After some minor hiccups, _Deus Ex_ was played without any difficulties, aside from the lack of audio, which resulted from having used VNC to access the virtual machine.
This set-up is janky, for I access the game by connecting via VNC to an Ubuntu installation which runs a virtual installation of Microsoft Windows... which runs _Deus Ex_ in windowed mode; however, I find that using this janky set-up is preferable to not being able to play _Deus Ex_.

On an even _more_ different note, future rants may be written in the third person; possibly as a result of having written briefings and whatnot in the third person for nearly two (2) decades and disliking pronouns, I dislike writing in the first person. I shall still be the author of the rants which are posted to this account.

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  • 3
    Are there SPICE drivers for Windows XP? SPICE is essentially VNC but in secure and with sound.
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    @sbiewald: I would prefer simply using Windows XP's inbuilt RDP server, which supports audio.
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    What’s it like using FreeBSD? I’m thinking about installing it on an old laptop to play around with it
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    Love the first part of the rant, but on a sidenote I have no idea how one can consider anything via VNC even remotely playable..
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    @10Dev: I am using OpenBSD, as opposed to FreeBSD. Is a response still desired?
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    @myss: The connection actually seems to have an average frame rate of at least twenty (20) frames per second, which is certainly acceptable.
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    @varikvalefor yes, that’s be great
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    @10Dev: I had used Microsoft operating systems since the 1980s. However, I lately became dissatisfied with the performance and terrible documentation of Microsoft Windows and ditched the operating system -- I had already used OpenBSD for many years but used Windows as a host operating system on some terminals. Aside from a few programs and games, I have missed no parts of Windows.
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    @10Dev: I had used Microsoft operating systems since the 1980s. However, I lately became dissatisfied with the performance and terrible documentation of Microsoft Windows and ditched the operating system -- I had already used OpenBSD for many years but used Windows as a host operating system on some terminals. Aside from a few programs and games, I have missed no parts of Windows.
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    @10Dev: I had used Microsoft operating systems since the 1980s. However, I lately became dissatisfied with the performance and terrible documentation of Microsoft Windows and ditched the operating system -- I had already used OpenBSD for many years but used Windows as a host operating system on some terminals. Aside from a few programs and games, I have missed no parts of Windows.
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    Chrome remote desktop is amazing with performance. Can't you run a windows vm on openbsd with gui? 🤔
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    Someone had windows running using qemu: https://cromwell-intl.com/open-sour...
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    @rooter: I originally attempted to use QEMU; however, QEMU's performance on OpenBSD is hardly great.
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    @10Dev: De nada.

    By the way, I apologise for having sent numerous copies of the same response; Firefox apparently becomes increasingly shitty with each update.
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    @varikvalefor maybe openbsd is a bit shitty 😂

    Jokes aside. Why openbsd? Why instead of Linux or Mac? What are the benefits?
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    @rooter: A subset of my reasons for using OpenBSD is as follows:

    For all Linux distributions which I have used, the extent to which OpenBSD's userland is consistent is greater than the extent to which a Linux distribution's userland is consistent.

    For all Linux distributions which I have used, the quality of OpenBSD's manual pages is greater than the quality of a Linux distribution's manual pages.

    The extent to which OpenBSD is secure is far greater than the extent to which Linux is secure.

    For all Linux distributions which I have used, I find that the simplicity of OpenBSD is greater than the simplicity of a Linux distribution.

    For all Linux distributions which I have used, the extent to which OpenBSD adheres to the UNIX philosophy is greater than the extent to which a Linux distribution adheres to the UNIX philosophy.
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    @varikvalefor thanks for detailed answer. Just to be clear userland == user space?
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    @rooter: Instead of "userland", something along the lines of "user experience" or "default programs" should have been written. I apologise for this confusion.
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