On Synapse, I am perfectly happy with Antergos GNOME (so much that I have uninstalled every non-GNOME application like Firefox, Kodi etc and trying to work natively). But on Spectre (family desktop machine), I am not the only user and when the need to use proprietary software (iTunes – Photoshop) or some programs that my wife has learned to use, that don’t have a viable equivalent, like MS Paint (I know, but to tell the truth it gets the job done), became apparent, it gave me two options.

A) Either install Windows 10.

B) Try to install Windows applications through Wine.

I haven’t decided yet though… but given the broken toe, which should keep kind of immobile for a while, I have time to decide and try both ways.

Spectre Tweaking (January ’17 edition)

It has been at least 3 years since I had a desktop PC (not hooked up on a TV as a media center), so these Christmas I bought a monitor and placed the tower we had as a media center, in the office room. And yes, we now have a fully functional office desktop PC, called Spectre!

Spectre‘s specs are :

  • Motherboard : Memphis2-S ( uATX – 24.4×24.4 cm | Chipset : Intel H87 | Socket type : LGA 1150 Socket-H3 )
  • CPU : Intel Core i3 4160
  • GPU : Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory : 6GB DDR3-1600
  • HDD : SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB
  • Sound / Audio : ALC659-CG
  • LAN : Realtek RTL8151GH-CG ( Data Transfer Rates : 10/100/1000 Mb/s )

As I will not be the only one using it, I needed the interface to be as straightforward and Windows-like as it could be. But I also wanted to use GNOME as a Desktop Environment. This extension helped me setup GNOME to feel like a traditional desktop, so it was Antergos GNOME once again!

The installation was once more a breeze, and the only extra applications I installed were Firefox, LibreOffice, Kodi and Steam (Linux Gaming baby!!!)

From the default screen :

To the final, tweaked GNOME :

Apart from Dash-To-Panel extension, I also used Alternate Tab, Applications Menu (invaluable, but I am waiting for this to be published as I love the Arc theme), OSD Panel, Arch Linux Update Indicator, No Left Hot Corner, OpenWeather and the Removable Drive Menu extensions.

The system boots in under 10 seconds and with everything installed it uses less than 8Gb of space. That begs the question, Why are people still struggling with proprietary and bloated Operating Systems?

Finishing up with a little slideshow of the overall system :

Going old school

So long Synapse!

I gave my laptop to my wife with Windows 10 installed, and I am now using a MacBook ’07 (Core 2 Duo – 2gb RAM). Regretfully I don’t believe GNOME is a viable Desktop Environment on this kind of hardware, so I am looking into Mate and Openbox as alternatives.


Synapse Tweaking (May ’16 edition)

Long time, no post. It has been more than a month since I last blogged. Not much has happened since on the tech front, I have already fixed my laptop, with Antergos GNOME, running smoothly. I have also – mostly – arranged the office room at home.

So after some tweaking and tinkering of some CSS sheets, Synapse now looks like this :

I am always on the lookout for worthy apps that integrate with the GNOME desktop. So far I have found Terminix a Terminal emulator, the Geary email client, the FeedReader app which connects to Feedly to fetch articles and Corebird, a Twitter client. That excludes the official GNOME Apps, like GNOME-Boxes, Polari, GThumb etc.

Till next month…