domingo, 26 de junio de 2016

antiX 16 Is around the Corner!

Great news!  Soon antiX 16 will be released! 

Dolphin Oracle made this great video showing us what we can expect in this new release:


Thanks a lot, Anticapitalista and all at antiX headquarters! You're great!

miércoles, 15 de junio de 2016

News about Pisi Linux

Being a fan of former Pardus Linux (the new Debian-based version has somehow let me down lately), I cannot help following Pisi Linux, which keeps the PiSi packages and other exclusive tools that Pardus abandoned.

Even if Pisi is small and little known, and although I feel it has neglected its international helpers and user base, I am very pleased at the efforts of its few developers.

For example, Pisi 2.0 is said to bring two features that I've always appreciated: a live disk (it was about time!) and an iso image writer to USB.

If I'm not mistaken, the latter will mean one can make a customized iso, although this still needs to be confirmed.  If that is so, both features will mean a big step forward for the Linux kitten!

Of course, Pisi will bring newer packages, including KDE 5 (which is not precisely my cup of tea), and other system improvements.

Here you can check a video of KDE 5 running on Pisi.

sábado, 11 de junio de 2016

How to Make an Ext4 Filesystem with User Permissions

Formatting a partition or a pendrive as Ext4 is quite simple.  However, soon one realizes that it can only be used as root.

But a fellow Linux user named Dolphin Oracle shared these useful tricks on MX forums:

sudo mkfs.ext4 -E root_owner=$UID:$GID /dev/sdXY

where /dev/sdXY should be replaced with /dev/designation_of_partition.


The command above will set as user whoever issued the sudo command. You will still need to mount the device as root, but you may use its files as a regular user.

If you want something a bit different, he also shared this one:

mkfs.ext4 -E root_owner=uid:gid /dev/sdaX

where uid is the user id of whoever you want to be owner (the user created at install will have a UID of 1000).


where gid is the group id of whoever you want to be owner (the user-group created at install will have a GID of 1000).


If you want to mount the devices as a regular user instead of root, you'll have to do this:

paste the contents below into a file called /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/50-udisks.pkla

[udisks]
Identity=unix-group:users
Action=org.freedesktop.udisks*
ResultAny=yes
ResultInactive=no
ResultActive=yes


Reboot and then you should be able to mount the devices as a regular user.

domingo, 29 de mayo de 2016

Setting up a Spanish Keyboard on my Chromebook's Lubuntu

Today I learned this easy and useful trick thanks to Longtom, at PCLOS Forum!

1. Go to Menu > File Tools > File Manager Super User
2. In the address bar type  /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/
3. Open the file “autostart” and add the following :
    setxkbmap -layout "za,us"
4. Save the file, log out and log in

All I had to do was replacing "za" with "es" and that did the trick:

A test sentence: La pequeña niña está dibujando un corazón. 

THANKS A LOT!!!

viernes, 20 de mayo de 2016

It's Been 6 Years Already!

It was 6 years ago when, during a workshop about blogs, this humble account of my experiences with Free Software was born.  After countless problems, I decided to forget about all the knowledge about Windows (funny, I thought it was about computers back then) that I had accumulated in around 15 years and migrated to the land of Tux.

I left my power user status...

I left many of my games and favorite apps...

I left the comfort of warranties and a solid customer support...

All to search for a totally new land.  An unknown world in which, surely enough, I would be a newbie again...

Wait a minute!  I never enjoyed warranties and much less a customer support of any type!  All I got was formatted hard drives thanks to those working in computer shops that were not directly related to Microsoft.

Also, I remember I left a land of viruses, Trojans, beacons, and malware of all possible kinds.

I left a realm of "this cannot be done" and of Blue Screens of Death.

I abandoned a world of constant system checks and paranoia.

And now, after 6 years as a full time Linux user, I can say:

I still don't know most of the command line.

I found excellent apps and my game collection is constantly growing.

I still need the help of those who kindly keep the forums of my distros.

I still get amazed at the advantages of using Linux.

I still have no idea of how to compile my kernel.

I may be a perpetual newbie, but the knowledge I've accumulated in these 6 years doubles that of my 15+ years using Windows.  I'm proud of that!

CHEERS!!!

sábado, 14 de mayo de 2016

Partition Woes

Some days ago, while I was playing Steam games on my gaming partition, I noticed that my system (Pardus 2.0) started misbehaving.

I don't blame Pardus.  After all, I had done lots of risky updates in the past (I even went from Pardus 2013 to Pardus 2.0 a la rolling release style.  Of course, that move made my system a bit unstable but it was perfectly usable.)

However, last week, Pardus threw a weird error and refused to start.  I tried to run fsck to no avail. I guess that was because of my Frankenstein system. That meant that I couldn't access all my Steam games and my other local games.

Since I did not know how to repair that broken system, I went the easy way: formatted the partition.

Then, I tried Pardus 3.0.  Unfortunately, it was ridiculously slow to boot and to turn off (due to a pending process at start that was also present when I moved from 2013 to 2.0 but that I had forgotten how to repair.)

Thus, I started to look for other options.  I wanted to settle for Mageia, but upon installing, it would ask me for an UEFI partition I didn't have and which I didn't want to create.

Finally, I decided to try MX-15.  I was reluctant to do it because I had tried the game Never Alone on MX-14 and it didn't work.  I was pleased to see that my testing MX-15 system ran the game smoothly.  It was time to install MX-15 on my gaming partition then.

But alas!  The installer showed me a warning that my partition had some problems. The system would install fine, but I was told to expect errors more often in time.

Well, I guess that can't be helped.  The good part is that I use that partition only for gaming and losing all my progress will not make me lose my sleep.  After all, I am a terrible gamer and I have already finished the games I was hooked into (Violett, Nihilumbra, Finding Teddy, Detective Grimoire).  Too bad for my long way in Limbo, Incredipede, The Bard's Tale, Never Alone, This War of Mine, etc. But I don't mind to start those games over again.  Actually, it sounds kind of fun.)

I am happy I have a multiboot computer. Also, I am happy I use Linux: you can try as many distros as you want and installing them is fast.

lunes, 25 de abril de 2016

Pisi Linux 2.0 Beta 1 Released!

Pisi Linux 2.0 Beta 1 has been released.

What does it have?  According to the announcement, these are the important changes:
 
kernel: 4.4.4
Grub2 Version: 2.02 _ Beta2
Display Server: X.Org version 1.17.2
Kde plasma version: 5.6.2
Qt version: 5.6.0
Gcc version: 5.3.0
Firefox: 44.02
Chromium: 50.0.2632.0
Gimp: 2.8.16
Mpv-Player: 0.14
Vokoscreen: 2.4.19
Qt creator: 3.5.1
 

And as an interesting detail, Pisi-Linux-2.0-Beta-Kde5-Crocus ancyrensis comes WITHOUT systemd.

Where to get it? HERE. Please remember that Pisi Linux is a 64-bit-only distro.