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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Ubuntu Day

10 years ago, on October 2004, a group of open source developers released a Linux distribution based on Debian. They named their first release 'warthy warthog' which is Ubuntu 4.10.

The direction they took breaks the common myths about Linux back in 2004. Ubuntu became known as the most user-friendly distro in the Linux world. It is easy to install, easy to use and has a
supportive community for new end-users.

Linux for humans. Happy Ubuntu Day.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Btrfs on Fedora 20

I reinstalled my Fedora 20 on a fresh SSD formatted with Btrfs.

It's a much simpler setup in Fedora than in openSUSE. Me thinks that Fedora assumes you know what kind of partitioning your use-case needs and leaves it up to you. openSUSE on the other hand performs the virtual partitioning for you. I didn't encrypt the disks for the Fedora 20 install but I did it encrypt it in openSUSE.

openSUSE and Fedora on my Computer

openSuse or Fedora, which one to use? That is the question. I've been using both one way or the other after I removed Ubuntu 14.04 lts in my hard drive. I suppose I should test both operating systems thoroughly in my computer to see which one is better.

I installed Fedora core 20 three weeks ago then moved on to openSUSE 13.2-rc1. This is a limited test and a blindly subjective one at that so here goes. 

If you want an as close to the "devs-original" GNOME desktop experience, Fedora is what you want in your machine.  It has been default in Fedora for sometime now. The Fedora distribution doesn't try to be a jack-of-all-trade by having a "rolling release" as an alternative for you. They release when it's stable and ready. They update such a release fairly well. I have the newest stable kernel right now while waiting for the next stable release. Stability is the most important thing for me. 

I didn't see this the first time I tried the Fedora installer. Btrfs and xfs IS offered but not by default as in openSUSE. You could click on the dropdown button for choices in file systems during installation/partitioning. I highly recommend using Btrfs and xfs for newest installs of Linux. They're the next generation file systems capable of snapshots, self-healing and great scaling. For end-users the benefits of using them outweigh the annoyance of reformatting the hard drives. 

For those who have an aversion towards the command-line and the terminal, openSUSE is your bet. The level of use of graphical user interface for administrative tasks is very high. There's even a security checklist that's interactive. You can click on items and consider enabling it or read up for help about that issue, in one place.

openSUSE offers a lot on how you may want your Linux. There are the regular releases which is now at 13.1 (but I am testing 13.2.rc1). You could try "Tumbleweed", which is a rolling release for stable packages. In Tumbleweed the user is not limited to the repositories of one release (e.g. 12.3 or 13.1). You could also try "Factory"which is also a rolling release but largely untested packages land here, so be prepared to meet bugs.

Speaking of bugs, I really like Fedora's bug reporting tool which is very prompt. It notifies the user of the system error and asks if you want to report it. Once you click on Yes or No it doesn't nag you anymore. I mean I want to help and I don't mind sending the information with my limited internet connection but hey I'm working here. 

I'll add more items here as my testing progresses.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

I finished reading Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. I first learned or heard about Slaughterhouse-five from Jessica Zafra's radio program in the late 90s. I surmised that she loves the novel because she often mentions it. Ms. Zafra is an author herself and was the manager for the band Eraserheads. Due to the easy access to e-books nowadays, I decided to download Kurt Vonnegut this past week. I downloaded it using bittorrent along with a number of Kurt Vonnegut's other works. Mr. Vonnegut himself said that Slaughterhouse-five is a loser and promised that his next works won't be.

Slaughterhouse-five is the author's personal experience as told by him in his own words and style, when he was a prisoner of war in Germany in the second world war. He would later write about his captivity and the bombing of Dresden where he and other prisoners of war spent the rest of the war in Europe. Slaughterhouse-five is an anti-war war novel. The writer who is also the main character is a soldier, an infantry man, a private. He saw the barbaric nature of war. He experienced the senseless killing of civilians and the destruction of a city that has no military value. He saw the effects of mass bombing by hundreds of planes concentrated on a city of 100,000 people.

I watched a Youtube clip of Mr. Vonnegut speaking before university students and faculty about the war. That it was senseless, he explains that it benefited no one except himself because he earned from the experience by writing about it and selling books. He came out and stated the obvious: that he made money from the sufferings of others when he wrote this book.

Slaughterhouse-five is an honest book about the horrors of war. It was written in parody and in a comical style that does not abuse the subject. The author would write in two or three paragraphs in non-linear story telling depicting the effect of an event of such shock to the soul and morals that it splinters the character experiencing it.

The author's father asked him why he doesn't have a villain in his books. He said that he doesn't have villains in his books and he also doesn't have heroes either. He said that this book in particular would not sell because of it.

He mentioned two names to thank in his book. First to the wife of his friend and co-prisoner in Dresden and then to the German taxi driver who drove him around Dresden after the war. His friend's wife did not approve of the usual books on war and he promised her that this book will not be the usual. The taxi driver was a young man during the war whose mother was incinerated during the bombing of Dresden.

Some people believe that people are resilient. They believe that man survives against great odds. This book says we pay a price for war even the victors.

Btrfs and XFS By Default In openSUSE 13.2

openSUSE installer offers to format your root and home partition in Btrfs and XFS respectively.

Next generation file systems in openSUSE. Other Linux distros should follow suit.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Installed openSuse 13.2

Hi Reese

I installed openSuse 13.2-rc1 on my local storage today. I have deleted
Fedora 20 and now configuring openSuse.I had wanted to test it for a
week but after getting through the initial bump of creating a partition
and using btrfs and zfs as file systems for the install, I proceeded
with the installation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Testing Opensuse 13.2-rc1

log entry last night when I was playing with Opensuse-13.2-rc1

I want to give Opensuse some shaking for a week. I want to see some stability and productivity. See you in 7 days.

Partitioning With Gparted

Hard drives being prepared for new mounting.

I have partitions here that were beginning to be filled. I removed the partition that I can live without and shared the free space to the two partitions which needed them. I used Gparted to the moving and resizing. First, unmount the partitions. Then delete the unwanted partition. The free space are shared to the remaining partitions using a gui. Nothing to it.

Once satisfied, you start the operations. It would take at least 8 hours to do this so I prepared some time wasting activities. Games anyone?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Finding My Way Around Fedora 20

GNOME 3.12 is the latest stable release from GNOME DEVS. They're coming out with GNOME 3.14 any day now but that won't make it to any major distribution out there. Not for about a month, I guess.

I am using GNOME 3.10 with Fedora 20 and I am happy with it. Evolution is working with my accounts configured from the online accounts. When I had to add an account (eg zoho) it was a breeze. My initial install updated to the latest Firefox which came out a few weeks ago. Yum Updates installed the latest Linux kernel which is 3.16.x. When I checked if I had the patched bash package, I indeed have the bug-free version now. So I don't have a problem with my Fedora.

I had to install Gnucash which is not part of the default application for Fedora 20. I had to enable several repositories for flash, codecs, dropbox and google chrome. But I was surprised that updates were light compared to Ubuntu. I mean Fedora 20 came out December 2013 and I am installing it October 2014, that's 9 months after it was released. I was expecting a ton of updates. The updates were there but it was "light". I later will learn that Fedora's yum (yellowdog update manager) uses diff method which only downloads and installs the delta code and not the entire package. That makes perfect sense to me. And it works.

What were the things that nearly blindsided me? Well, I tried searching for my gnupg keys via Password And Keys (seahorse) but it failed to fetch the keys from the servers. I don't know why. There's no error notification or anything. I was ready to try cli but I remember that I have downloaded mykey.gpg and saved it somewhere. When I pointed seahorse to that local file, it imported the keys perfectly.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Installing Google Chrome in Fedora 20

I am getting to the tempo of things in Fedora. So I am installing Google Chrome in Fedora 20 and I have a bookmarked link at "if not true then false" dot com which I am grateful for all these tutorials. Thank you.

I learned that in order to enable a repo one must add a file in /etc/yum/repos.d. This is manually saving a created text file in that directory. 

Then you can install: # yum install package. And there you go.