Descending into the unknown (part 0)
I noticed that as I grew older and more experienced, my mind became
less flexible, making even considering alternative approaches hard.
It wasn't a problem before the destruction of the Debian, though.
In Debian I wasn't doing anything fancy most of the time. I was just
doing necessary maintenance, and I was quite happy with it. I served
a higher purpose -- preserving the Unix culture.
It is long overdue for me to find a new purpose, yet I struggle. Every
time I consider contributing to some project, I can't overcome disdain
to modern web-based workflows and fear that this project may share the
fate of Debian, and every time I consider learning something new,
I do not feel doing so, since what cause it would allow me to advance?
Last year and half, since 2019-12-28 my only source of inspiration
was my $dayjob. That can't be right.
I recall time when I just discovered programming. I was reading
documentation for almost anything I can find. Useful things, like m4,
glibc or vim. Useless things, like libgif or libjpeg. Harmful things,
like nodejs. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
I wanted at least a glimpse of that passion today, so I fetched
my ancient ASUS Eee PC, installed FreeBSD on it and now
I am trying to get myself comfortable.
Linux wouldn't cut it, since it would take me just a couple of hours
to domesticate any GNU/Linux distribution, or one teabreak, if I install
Nix and build my home derivation. I needed something significantly different.
Choice of FreeBSD over other Unix flavors was absolutely arbitrary.
They journey begins.