Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Manjaro Linux

Since I last posted about a Linux distribution it's been a while and it was all about Arch Linux. Well, four years later it's again about Arch - more or less: Manjaro Linux. This distribution is based on Arch Linux, is completely binary compatible with it's ancestor but maintains it's own repositories.
During the last couple of years I mostly kept Debian based distros running on my laptop (still this one :-) ), sometimes Debian itself and sometimes Ubuntu. I did not have the time to go through the Arch Linux installation routine which - by my last post you might have guessed - can be a little daunting. However, I do think that Arch's "pacman" package manager and their build system is one of the finest out there. This is where Manjaro comes in handy: it provides a live system with a GUI installer which doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes and it's all done.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

10 years...

...well, kind of. I've started this blog 10 years ago but I did not contribute a word during the last 4 years. Beginning last year I moved from Wordpress to Blogger but I completed the transfer just recently. Don't get me wrong: I think Wordpress is a very nice peace of software but I just didn't have the time anymore to maintain my own Wordpress installation, keeping everything updated and configured neatly. So I've exported the MySQL DB and somehow managed to import it's content to Blogger. To be honest, I don't really remember how... I think I found some kind of Wordpress-to-Blogger converter. However, it took some time until I got all files and images back right - hopefully I did not forget anything. Anyway, I don't want to abandon this blog and maybe I'll add some stuff in the near future again :-)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Arch Linux



Though I was tempted to switch to Ubuntu's latest release on my "main" computer I decided to give Arch Linux the promotion. Not that there's anything wrong with "Quantal" aka "Ubuntu 12.10" - with the exception of the newly introduced shopping lens - but I wanted something different again. I ran Arch Linux some time ago and liked it a lot. It then came to my attention that it was missing one (at least for me) essential feature: package signing. There has been quite some discussion about this matter and I think it was this August when package signing became default for Arch's package manager. Of course you can argue about the importance but I like to know that packages are as the package maintainer wanted them to be and that nobody messed with them while stored on all the different mirrors. However, I wanted to give it shot.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Debian Wheezy

Recently the Debian project released the first beta of it's to be Debian 7.0 aka "Wheezy" installer. Reason for me - of course - to check it out! So I grabbed the Beta 1 net-installer image and said goodbye to Fedora 16 on my Acer Aspire 5570Z. Fedora served very well but as soon as something works it starts boring me... ;-)

Monday, June 11, 2012

GTK G-Rays2: Debian/Ubuntu packages

Still I like to make use of my WBT-201 GPS logging device by Wintec. (I might have mentioned this before ;-) ). Wintec does not provide software for Linux and the latest version for Windows is from 2008. However, there still is this nice peace of software by Jonathan Hudson called "GTK G-Rays2". He recently released a 2.x version as source, now supporting GTK3 but doesn't provide packages for Ubuntu anymore. So based on his former 1.x packages I did my worst and built them for Ubuntu 12.04. I also built Debian packages for Debian Squeeze, but of course they are still version 1.x based.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pimping Unity's indicator panel

With Unity becoming Ubuntu's default desktop we had to say goodbye to all those nice applets we got used to (or at least I did) while running Gnome 2.x. I'm especially thinking about sensor-, CPU- and system-monitor-applets. Those applets are not available anymore for Unity. Instead it's making use of indicators. So I just fired up synaptic (still don't like Ubuntu Software Center) and searched for "indicator" - and I pretty much found what I was looking for. :-)

Friday, April 27, 2012

EncFS & Dropbox for Linux/Android/Windows/MacOSX

Nowadays there are a lot of possibilities of storing documents online - which is quite handy if you need to have stuff available on different devices or share it with others. I think one of the first who managed to make this quite easy and even supported all major OS's was Dropbox. So I take Dropbox as example but this should work with Microsoft's SkyDrive and Google Drive as well. You have to put a certain amount of trust in these companies and when it comes to data a little more sensitive it's advisable to encrypt it before uploading. My first approach was a TrueCrypt container and this of course works very well but when I stumbled upon EncFS I seconded TrueCrypt. The combination of Dropbox and EncFS works on all my OS's: Linux, Windows, MacOSX and Android - isn't that great? :-)
Let me state this right at the beginning: I gathered almost everything in this post from others and I will indicate the original source. I just wanted to put it all together - next time I need it I know where to look!