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Getting XFCE Global Menu working on OpenBSD

    

One thing I miss from Mac OS user interface is the Global Menu that sits on the topbar and changes as you switch applications. It saves a bit of space on the screen. And it’s always on the same place which makes it easy to be reached wherever the app is. After quite a lot of trial & errors, I could have the vala-panel-appmenu working on OpenBSD 7.0 using XFCE 4.16.

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OpenBSD on MeLE Quieter2

    

I used a refurbished ThinkPad X230i to run my Nextcloud instance and provide rsnapshot/Samba/TimeMachine services. It was mostly nice but tend to freeze from time to time ; maybe more and more… So I decided it should be replaced. I seeked for something silent (I can’t stand fan noise), small (has to fit in a 33cm KALLAX-like cabinet) and capable of providing enough storage. Hopefully, or not, @FanlessTech tweeted about the MeLe Quieter2 machine around 2021/08.

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Logitech MX Keys and MX Master on OpenBSD using Logi Bolt

    

Long story short, I need a way to manage a Windows (pro) laptop, an OpenBSD thinkpad and an iPad Pro with a single keyboard & mouse. After a bit of digging, I ended up getting a Logitech MX Keys and Logitech MX Master 3.

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Running the Searx metasearch engine on OpenBSD

    

Searx is a free metasearch engine. This means that it will aggregate search results from several search engines, like Bing, DuckDuckGo, Google or Qwant. But it will also use search engines from services like DailyMotion, DeviantArt, FramaLibre, GitHub, Reddit or Wikipedia to extract search results. For more information, have a look at the searx online documentation . It also removes Cookies and generate a random profile for each request you do.

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Fixing UTF-8 filename encoding from macOS to OpenBSD

    

When detarring an archive file made on macOS onto OpenBSD, I got a bunch a files with “wrong” encoding name. And that even screwed up my Nextcloud synchronization. But there is a way to solve this.

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