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Arch Linux

Since I’m not really enjoying the path Canonical is headed with Ubuntu I was somewhat forced to consider moving to another distribution. I considered OpenSUSE since I had it installed inside a VM and I had really enjoyed it and Tumbleweed would probably give me all I need in terms of package freshness. I also considered going back to Gentoo but I don’t think I’d have it in me to sit and wait for the compile times every single time I wanted to install or update something. In the end my curiosity got the best of me and I decided see to what all the fuss about Arch Linux is about.

I’ve been using it for roughly little more than a month now and I couldn’t be happier. It took some time to get used to it, there’s always a learning curve when changing from distribution to distribution but in this case the curve was gentle enough. It’s publicized as being a somewhat non user friendly distribution but in the end all you have to learn will help you later on. You’ll find yourself being able to fix problems instead of just reinstalling everything just because you don’t even know where to begin with a fix.

Pacman is quite probably the best package manager I’ve used and I’m throwing emerge into the equation. I’m yet to need any sort of software installed that I haven’t found on the Arch User Repository (AUR) and though you should really learn to install AUR packages by hand first, tools like Pacaur and Yaourt turn it into an automated process.

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Gnome Classic on Ubuntu 12.10

If there’s one thing I’ve come to find that almost every Ubuntu user agrees to, it has to be the fact that Unity is terrible and I’m sure the Dash plays a big part on one of Dante’s Infernos. Installing nvidia proprietary drivers is a nightmare in and of itself. It used to be as simple as clicking a button when a popup (i.e., Jockey) mentioning proprietary drivers were ready to install, now it’s a multi step procedure.

All things considered though, the main issue I have with the “new” Ubuntu is Unity. Some people who don’t like it move to KDE, other people (me) like the GTK interface and choose something like XFCE but Gnome was and will continue being what most people that took the jump to Linux during the Ubuntu “golden age” are used to. This includes older people like possibly our parents, who installed Ubuntu on their machines simply because we told them it was better than what they were using. Change always meets resistance, but if I’m having a hard time getting used to Unity or even failing to see the point in it, those people will surely run away from it like the plague. Personal tastes aside, here’s how you can change that.

For now there’s still a way to revert to the “old” Gnome. You’ll have to open up a console window and type the following in it.

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

This will install everything you need. The next step is logging out from your current session, then click the icon/symbol right next to your name at the login screen and choose “Gnome Classic”. Insert your password and once the login procedure is complete you’ll be presented with something a bit less confusing.

I will give Unity another chance, eventually. But for now I’m one of those that runs away from it like the plague.


VMware failing to build kernel modules on Ubuntu 10.10

The recent update to 10.10 on my desktop box ran without any major issues, but not without issues. VMware stopped working and complained about not being able to build needed kernel modules. After a quick google search I found this. Issue the following commands on your console.

cd /tmp
wget http://www.sputnick-area.net/scripts/vmware7.1.1-patch-kernel-2.6.35.bash
sudo chmod +x vmware7.1.1-patch-kernel-2.6.35.bash
sudo ./vmware7.1.1-patch-kernel-2.6.35.bash

Then the script tells you to issue the following command:

sudo vmware-modconfig –console –install-all

And that’s it.



Setting up Time Machine on Ubuntu 10.04

Backups and redundancy are always important when dealing with data you’re not willing to loose overnight when your hard drives decide it’s time to meet their maker. Usually Seagate or Western Digital in my case, not that I’m complaining *knocks on wood*. Mistakes also happen and you’re bound to eventually delete or somehow damage important data on your hard drive.

Time Machine is a piece of software introduced by Apple when Leopard was launched, it allows us to set up an external or network drive as a backup drive and it backs up data from any given point in time onwards allowing us as well to go “back in time” to any given point in the backups.

Recently I’ve been dabbling a lot with Ubuntu and those of you who know my nerd side know already I’ve googled the hell out of it trying to maximize and/or improve stuff and I’ve come across several interesting articles I’d like to share with whoever reads this. I could just post some links, but that wouldn’t be fun and some of the links might be taken down leaving me without any source of information in case I want to repeat the process.

On with the interesting part, setting up Ubuntu 10.04 as a Time Machine network drive.

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Changing nvidia fan speed on Ubuntu

I recently mentioned the only thing bugging me about my recent Ubuntu incursion was that my gfx card (Geforce GTS 250) wasn’t supported by nvclock so I couldn’t set it’s fan speed to whatever I want it to ending up with a serious decibel issue right next to me.

Turns out nvidia’s driver itself is able to do so, though it’s an unsupported feature and thus it’s not as easy as 1 2 3 to activate it. The Coolbits option in our xorg.conf comes into place, allowing us to overclock and/or change several features directly in the driver’s settings panel. Now, I never did overclock anything and I seriously doubt I ever will since I really don’t like to reduce the life expectancy of any given piece of hardware, but being able to reduce that HORRIBLE NOISE when I’m idling in my desktop surfing the web or chatting with friends is a blessing. I always keep an eye on temperatures and obviously I won’t lock the fan speed when playing games and such so I think it should be just fine.

On to the goods, nvidia’s config options available here state the following:

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