I do a lot of work with Python and C. You may know me from my work at Ruby Together, helping maintain RubyGems and Bundler.

Resolved Problems

Problems Encountered/Things To Document Fixes For

These are some of the notable problems I encountered while settling into using FreeBSD as my main OS for the first time in over a decade.


Initially, I had lots of general audio glitchiness. Intermittent static/buzzing noises. Using virtual_oss allowed me to record desktop audio (with OBS, recordmydesktop, etc). The solution appears to be using an 8ms buffer for virtual_oss and avoiding PulseAudio. (Any time I install PulseAudio, I have trouble keeping it from starting and taking over audio for the whole system -- which is a problem, given how poorly it performs on my system.)

NOTE: I am having trouble with intermittent audio glitchiness again. There's some evidence it may be related to electrical problems here. Need to investigate that farther.

OBS Studio

Blender is slow

Blender is slow, by default. As someone else on the forums discovered, vblank_mode=0 blender or LIBGL_DRI3_DISABLE=1 blender does the trick.

Even if I continue to need one of those kludges, I'd at least like to know what the cause is.

Disc Drives

I added a blu-ray drive to my computer, and ran into the following problems:

Things I'd Like Ports/Packages For


duckinator (last edited 2021-07-29T21:37:21+0000 by duckinator)