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!

Distrohopper Anonymous (pt2)

Time for some fresh distrohopping sessions in search for a new “Global” Operating System. Some of the setups (not limited to though) I plan on checking out.

Distribution Family Ubuntu Debian Arch OpenSUSE
Laptop Elementary OS Debian Testing GNOME/KDE Antergos GNOME OpenSUSE Leap KDE
Desktop Ubuntu Debian Testing GNOME Antergos GNOME OpenSUSE Leap GNOME
Server Lubuntu Debian Stable Openbox Antergos Openbox OpenSUSE Leap XFCE
Raspberry Pi * Raspbian Arch ARM *

The reasons I’m considering leaving Antergos Cinnamon is a) because I don’t want daily updates – with all their pros and cons – even though I will check out the GNOME 3.18 version on Antergos, b) I want to have a desktop with a unified look and feel, and regretfully as much as I have customised Cinnamon, some of the core GTK+ applications seem out of place compared to other apps (GNOME headerbars I’m looking at you) and c) it is just me…

Crash and Burn

I tried, I really tried. And I failed… Miserably I may say.

Installing a Linux distribution from a minimal base is harder than I expected, especially if you want to install a bare system and build from the ground up. After several attempts I now have a non-functional laptop and no courage to attempt anything like that for the foreseeable future.

On the plus side I have learned tricks and features of Linux I had no clue existed.

PS. For the record I tried Arch (lol), Debian Net Install and Antergos Base, which got me further than the others.

The story so far…

I am a distrohopper, period. The thrill of choosing a Linux distribution, installing then tweaking it withers after a few hours of usage. I have tried Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian, Antergos Cinnamon, Antergos GNOME, Elementary OS, Tanglu GNOME, Sparky Linux XFCE plus a couple more..and with all of them I can’t seem to be able to find my perfect setup. It becomes pretty obvious from older posts I have since deleted.

In every single one of them I find flaw(s). What I really want is a rolling release, if possible stable, with current software available, distribution which will not be bloated and the development team will most likely not abandon it in the future.

While writing this post a thought starts taking shape. There is one distribution sporting these qualities, my elimination process made that clear to me, but I wanted to take the easy way out though the best solution was there.

Don’t get me wrong, I am currently running LMDE 2 and it is a great great distro, fast and elegant but there are some annoying bumps, like the lack of some applications from the repositories (plank and tlp are some of the examples). It may seem trivial, for me though is something that keeps on bugging me.
It is obvious now that I cannot keep wasting time on distrohopping but start using a Linux distribution.

Interesting times ahead…

Edit(1) : 25/7/15 Changed the distributions using their respective colors.
Edit(2) : 27/7/15 Changed the text layout.