Arch Linux

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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.

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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… ;-)
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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.

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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. :-)

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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!

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Kernel-remover for Fedora

Once you have Fedora running for while you’ll gather a bunch of kernel updates on your harddrive – and it’s likely you’ll need none of the old ones anymore. So from time to time I tend to clean up and remove old kernel packages keeping only the two latest updates. This procedure involves checking for installed kernel packages and possible related packages and then removing them – but keep the current and running kernel (of course! ;-) ). Inspired by aptosid‘s and siduction‘s kernel-remover package I wanted an automated process. This resulted in a little script which until now seems to work fine. Don’t get me wrong, this is no big deal and it’s definitively not as sophisticated as the one from aptosid/siduction, but I don’t have to think anymore when trying to remove old kernel packages! ;-)
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Fedora 16

Fedora 16 has been released for quite a while but I just now decided to make use of my old Acer Aspire 5572 notebook again and install the latest Fedora release. As always, Fedora is more or less equipped with “bleeding edge” software releases – which I appreciate a lot. (By the time of writing: once installed and completely updated you will be running kernel 3.1.7.) I’ve downloaded the default Gnome Live desktop installation media. Once burnt to CD and booted you’ll be a running a Fedora Live system with Gnome desktop. Yes, I like the new Gome 3 desktop!
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