Tidying up

Checking older posts, I found out that some of them had photos from my Tumblr blog (which was erased a while back). Of course the posts where empty with a search option for Tumblr, meaning they served no purpose, so they were trashed.

While here, I also updated some of the functions of the site, plugins, themes etc.

-That’s all folks!-

 

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!

Aleph

Hello World! Isn’t this the first “homework” when learning how to code? A new site (aleph.gr) on a new platform (WordPress) for me to document parts of my geeky life.

Why Aleph? As described by William Gibson on his “Mona Lisa Overdrive” novel, aleph is a huge capacity device which can virtually house a whole internet. Quoting from William Gibson’s Aleph site :

First letter of the Hebrew alphabet; huge biochip with immensely big storage capacity. Inspired by the short story ‘The Aleph’ (1945) by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. In the story, the Aleph is described to be ‘one of the points in space that contains all other points’.

Who am I? I’m a proud geek husband and father, currently living in Athens, Greece. A Telecommunications Engineer for Cyta Hellas, a Linux and Android enthusiast, who loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature and TV.

The reason I decided to restart blogging is my need to document my Linux ventures, mostly for future references, as well as other aspects of my life, especially the geeky ones (novel and TV series reviews, technology news and personal thoughts on all thing digital).

Stay tuned!