The install media IT gave me over the weekend did not work. The drive kept spitting out the DVD. I got another set of DVDs today which worked.
I reinstalled the Macbook Pro creating a 60GB partition for Leopard (saving the rest for Ubuntu and FreeBSD). Workspaces are also setup. Now I can finally use the Mac for “work” 🙂
faith:~ shanu$ uname -a
Darwin faith.local 9.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 9.0.0: Thu Oct 11 19:23:39 PDT 2007; root:xnu-1228~3/RELEASE_I386 i386
No virtual desktops would probably be my #1 reason to switch back to FreeBSD running e17. Now I have to pester IT into giving me the Leopard installation media. Been a very frustrating day with a single cluttered desktop.
Some of the other pain points with OS X:
Focus follows mouse for all window types. I have defaults write com.apple.terminal FocusFollowsMouse -string YES set which works for the terminal but not for other window groups.
Backspace in vim send ^H. I have seen this problem with other UNIX systems before but don't remember how i worked around it. Needs STFW.
I have also been trying to install all my usual apps like cdrdao, logjam, opera, adium, deluge etc. I think fink is dead, macports seems to be the more popular way of getting to ports. IAC, I have both installed.
faith:/var shanu$ uname -a
Darwin faith.local 8.11.1 Darwin Kernel Version 8.11.1: Wed Oct 10 18:23:28 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.25.20~1/RELEASE_I386 i386 i386
faith:~ shanu$ sysctl hw.model
IT pre installed it with Tiger, need to wrestle out the Leopard installation CD from them. Finding it very odd to use only one mouse button.