Posts tagged ‘Arch Linux’

Emacs vs. Vi comparison

Having been an emacs user since the time I’ve first met linux, I always wondered why so many Arch users favor Vi(m). So I asked them. If you’re registered, you can find the forum thread on the Arch linux forums. Again, as it is an off-topic thread, unregistered users unfortunately can’t view it.

I'm through with ATI

I’ve finally done it. Today I installed my new nVidia GeForce GTX 275. After about a year with my Radeon HD 4870 I couldn’t stand it anymore. ATI makes me feel like I’m a beta tester for their drivers. I feel cheated and stupid for being such an idealistic idiot at the same time. They promised to open up their drivers (which was the main reason for me to buy an ATI card in the first place) and neither have they done so in the meantime, nor have they shown any clear sign that they will in the near future.

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Update: Combining calcurse and conky

Wow, that was fast! I only wrote the bug report to the creator of calcurse two days ago and received a patched version yesterday already! That’s what I call support. I tried this new version and can absolutely confirm that the bug I reported is fixed. Thus, it’s time I update my conky adaption as well. Not much needs changing, but there’s one thing I didn’t consider about when creating the “workaround” version…

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An Arch Linux xdm theme

Today I finalized a PKGBUILD for Xappe‘s Arch Linux xdm theme, which I find really nice. For those who don’t know, xdm is a very minimal (and usually ugly) graphical login manager for the X window system. It has very few dependencies and low hardware requirements, making it a good choice for low-end environments or minimalism freaks like myself…

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Combining calcurse and conky

I’ve finally found a way to remind myself of important dates! Although it is a little too late now to use it really effectively (I’ve already finished my studies at university at which time I really could have used this), I think it will still find its use. What I’ve been looking for all the time is a tool which can organize dates and put them out in an interpretable format on the command line. The tool I found which does exactly that and exactly the way I want it is called calcurse.

As the name denotes, calcurse features a curse-based interface to organize your dates and a todo-list. It has extremely few dependencies and is very customisable. However, for me to be reminded all the time, the organized dates need to be present on my desktop all the time to increase the chance that I’ll actually have a look at them ;) So I installed conky and started investigating on how to get it to display the dates from calcurse.

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Getting Arch on USB: A journey

This week I decided to finally realise something I had planned for a rather long time… buy a USB stick and install Arch on it. Now, enthusiastic as I might be towards Linux generally and Arch specifically, I’m not as blind not to know that most people I want to get data to or from are using window$.

So I decided that the stick should be partitioned in three partitions: One to hold Arch, one (potentially encrypted) home partition and a large FAT32 partition, which is supposed to be accessible from various operating systems. Never having installed Linux on a USB stick before (except with a premade image file), I reckoned that this would take some time. I was wrong… not with the fact that it would take long, but with what exactly would take long.

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