Commit 909c4484 authored by xoddf2's avatar xoddf2

New blog post: I Feel Slower Now

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During the first week of 2019, [nomad](http://wlair.us,to/my-computers/) ran OpenBSD 6.4. Here is how that went:
**The good:** Unlike [under FreeBSD 10.3 a few years earlier](http://wlair.us.to/blog/2016/05/17/freebsd-vs-debian-on-nomad/index.html), hardware support was better. The Wi-Fi signal strength thing turned out to be i3status not supporting `%quality` under the BSDs. 5 GHz worked fine. Suspension and hibernation worked well. OpenBSD also does not have the headphone jack switching issue that FreeBSD has.
**The bad:** Performance was unacceptably slow. If audio and/or video was playing, loading a Web page, even a simple one, in Chromium would cause the audio to stutter. Swapping would occur when memory usage reached roughly 1.5 GB (nomad has 3 GB) despite adding my user account to `staff` and adjusting `staff`'s resource limits in `/etc/login.conf`. It would avoid the rest of the RAM as if it were poison or something. Wi-Fi was about half the speed it was under GNU/Linux for some reason. Also, some Web sites, such as Twitch streams (mpv + youtube-dl worked fine, though) and Internet Archive's JavaScript implementation of MAME, would not work in either Chromium (with sandboxing) or Firefox.
I have reverted to Debian GNU/Linux in the meantime. OpenBSD mostly worked, and I would have stayed with it, if not for the above issue.
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