About aleph.gr

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that my posts here are targeted to a very limited audience and most of the people don’t understand them. So… what am I really talking about for things like Linux, Antergos, GNOME, DE etc. ? Plus a bump to my first post here.

First of all, most of my posts are related to my time using Linux. What is Linux ?

Quote from the Wikipedia article :

Linux is a Unix-like and mostly POSIX-compliant computer operating system (OS) assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution. The defining component of Linux is the Linux kernel,[13] an operating system kernel first released on 5 October 1991 by Linus Torvalds.

Essentially is a collection of layers over the Linux kernel that provide the end-user with a usable environment for the use of his/her computer. Due to the open nature of Linux, each user (or group of users) took the opportunity of creating their own custom Operating Systems (called Distributions) resulting to a plurality of choices on all the aspects of computing.

The most known Distributions, that spearhead Linux’s development are Debian, Arch, Ubuntu (currently based on Debian), OpenSUSE, Red Hat Linux, CentOS. Each one of them targeted to different audiences.

A Distribution should not be confused with a D(esktop) E(nvironment). A DE is – quote from the Wikipedia article again – :

In computing, a desktop environment (DE) is an implementation of the desktop metaphor made of a bundle of programs running on top of a computer operating system, which share a common graphical user interface (GUI).

The biggest DEs on Linux are GNOME and KDE, with forks of them like Cinnamon, MATE, Unity (Ubuntu only), having a big user base.

Most of my posts are about me using Antergos Linux – my favorite Distribution – and messing with some Desktop Environments (Cinnamon earlier, GNOME now), getting to know ways of customizing them, using new software, being happy for not destroying my machines etc.

Later… Getting to know Antergos Linux!

Synapse Tweaking (GNOME edition)

Now that I have gotten acquainted with GNOME as my desktop environment, I removed / installed and adjusted it to my liking. Antergos has a great minimal collection of applications, but some of them are of no use to me, or I have been using alternatives. After I installed the Arc Dark theme and the Moka icons, I changed the default setup..

What was removed : pidgin / bijiben / cmake / gnome-font-viewer / orca / seahorse / tracker-needle / pamac / gnome-music

What was installed : tlp / Polari / Rhythmbox with the Alternative Toolbar plugin from the AUR / Terminix

GNOME Extensions enabled : TopIcons / Activities Configurator / Arch Linux Updates Indicator / Drop Down Terminal

From the default desktop :

The default Antergos GNOME desktop

The default Antergos GNOME desktop

To this :

Synapse desktop

Synapse desktop

A small slideshow from my tweaked desktop :

Athens Digital Revolution

Parts of the Athens Digital Revolution expo at the Onassis Cultural Centre, which ended on January 7th 2016.

Plus some videos of some of the interactive parts of the Expo:




There is a ton of other material, including videos of interactive art, vintage computers, 3d printed artifacts and more. Maybe on another post…

Foot Clan

Now that Void is up and running (no hiccups till now – upgrades, Kodi and Steam are working great), I found out that GNOME is a great Desktop Environment, which I had ignored due to frustrations stated before. So I installed GNOME, of course under Antergos, on Synapse and tweaked it to my liking. This far GNOME has moments of greatness – Social Integration, System Design and more – but without tweaking some of its’ elements feel “weird”, like the drawer on the bottom left (still, what the hell is up with this thing??) or trying to hide some of the installed applications required some terminal love, specifically :

Edit Overview icons:
 cd /usr/share/applications/
 mv file.name file.name.bak

A small rundown on the core changes of my installation.

Removed applications: pidgin / bijiben / cmake / gnome-font-viewer / orca /seahorse /tracker-needle / pamac
GNOME extensions: TopIcons / Activities Configurator / Arch Linux Updates Indicator / Drop Down Terminal

I expected GNOME to be more “heavyweight” both on terms of startup times and system resources, but I was proven wrong. My startup time is : Startup finished in 1.806s (firmware) + 1.718s (loader) + 4.326s (kernel) + 1.394s (userspace) = 9.246s and when idling GNOME needs around ~500mb of RAM.

The second part of #projectAleph is finished.