Tuesday, November 18, 2014

openSUSE 13.2 Using B tree fs (btrfs) and Xfs

I finally finished downloading the 4.7 GB "DVD" version of the Installer Image for openSUSE 13.2. I downloaded this install medium through torrent thankfully. After burning it to my usb stick ( not sure if the blank DVD with me could be suitable ) I booted to the polished green openSUSE installer. The installation was smooth except when it was time to configure the hard disks. Sorry it's my first time to use their user interface. I had to read everything just to make sure what I want to happen IS what's happening or about to happen.

In any case i want to leave most of the defaults enabled. I used btrfs for the systems files and Xfs for the data files (/home). Don't worry the installer will tell you if there's a fatal error in the configuration, which makes the openSUSE installer better than the fedora installer (anaconda).

The point in using the "DVD" installation medium is there's not much else to download during the installation because it's all in there to be copied to your drive disks. Once installed all the proprietary codecs and adobe flashplayer works. I can play youtube while I configure my online accounts. Yay!

I accepted the 40+ GB btrfs offered by the installer for my / and also accepted the /boot/efi partition to be created. The new ASUS motherboard I have has secure boot enabled. I want to make sure I can boot this. I have 140+ GB left in my SSD and two other hard drives totalling 2.9 TB, I want to give to my home partition. I did some long trial and error process right here because I want to explicitly have it in a RAID0 only configuration. No need to degrade write/read speeds with a RAID1 setup.

Focus on the / and /home  directory here. The rest are automatically created by the installer. Special mention here is the /.snapshots directory because if snapshots of the systems are made, it will be saved here.

openSUSE has GNOME 3.14 and linux kernel 3.16.x.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

October Expenses 2014

October figures are out. And primary costs (e.g. food,utilities,repairs) are steady at 15k. If I can hold them until January next year I just about pinned the GP for the year.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Re New Computer

Reinstalled fedora 20 because I'm not satisfied with the partitioning. I created a separate / and /home partitions and made both btrfs, the next generation file system for Linux. It looks like this now.

I can't encrypt the disks now because they're separate partitions.

refers to previous post: New Computer also the one in Wordpress

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Computer

I have a new desktop computer. It's an Intel i5-4590 Quad Core, Asus Z97-K motherboard Personal Computer. I installed a 16 GB (2x8 Kingston HyperX sticks) RAM. I chose the Crucial 240 GB SSD for storage. Additionally, I purchased a 2 TB Seagate SATA 6 hard drive for media. The casing is black and lighter than the old one I have back in 2008. The casing is paired with a 730 watt power supply.

I recycled the dvd player and card reader from my old rig.

I thought the old 1 TB Seagate hard drive is finished but after reformatting, it passed the test. It's still okay.

I installed fedora 20 on the boot device.  I'm updating the system now.

output of the lsblk -f command for this computer.

I decided to encrypt the whole device after opting for an LVM.

I'm using the Linux kernel 3.16.6 coming from the updates channel in fedora 20.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gnucash: Bug in jqplot Used in Graphics

Gnucash2.6.4 in Fedora 20 date: 2014-10-2

Fedora 20 decided to update their repository to this version of Gnucash. One of the most powerful feature of Gnucash is it is very easy to generate graphics from the numbers. However the new version uses a new jqplot to render the graphics and there's a bug.

fedora 20 in Btrfs, GNOME 3.10 in a Stable Platform

fedora 20 installed in btrfs file system. Although fc20 was released December last year, I wouldn't characterize it as last night's cold soup.

With an updated kernel and some key packages in GNOME freshly pushed for it, fedora 20 is far from tired or old.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Btrfs on Ubuntu 14.04 (GNOME)

Formatted my SSD into Btrfs this time around. Put Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS.

Now to find me an extra disk to serve as backup to my media files, so I can format sdb partitions to Btrfs too.