Color My Keyboard!

msi-keyboard-gui

Back in February, I bought a new laptop.  An MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G.  I know, it rolls right off the tongue!  Windows 10 Home came pre-loaded.  Of course I removed all traces of Microsoft from the machine almost immediately.

One of the “features” of this great laptop, is that it comes with a mechanical “SteelSeries” multi-colored, led back-lit, keyboard.  This was not a factor when I purchased it.  I’ve had back-lit keyboards before and they are a truly great innovation.  While booted into the original OS that came on the laptop, I oohed, and ahhed at the colorful beauty.

Like I said, Microsoft was left behind and Linux found it’s new home.  No more colored keyboard lights.  Just the same old white back-lit keys I was used to.  I was ecstatic!  This was the first laptop I had installed Linux on read more

Happy New’s Year…

Another new year.  Still using VSIDO.  Still hosting nixnut.com!  New challenges coming up this year.  Some health issues.  I’ll post more news about that sometime around the end of January.

Fluxbox, the 'floating' WM.

Hasn’t watching the news this last year been a doozie!  Obviously the title of this post should read “Happy New Year”!  The news, well forget that.  I quit watching all that drivel.  Nonsense…

Meantime, I’ve got the lappy so well tuned and setup I’m loathe to do a rebuild on it.  It’s been forever since I did a fresh install.  Testing for VSIDO, I’m afraid I’ve arrived at a bad habit, relying on testing ISO’s with Virtualbox.  I have downloaded the 20 Jan. ISO’s and dd to USB and booted them up.  Perfection as read more

RIP Ian Murdock…

An incalculable loss to the Linux community.  The ‘ian’ in Debian.  A humble giant of intellect in a community that often finds individuals very full of themselves with more than it’s fair share of ‘Prima Donnas’.  Mr. Murdock was the antithesis of this and will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Rest in Peace Ian.  You are already sorely missed… read more

VSIDO at three

All grown up and matured.  No drama, no muss, no fuss!  Not really so much to write about, as it is still the goto distro on my laptop.  Three years, and one distro.  Been a lot of fun, and a lot of stability.  I have toyed with some different ‘window managers’ during this period, but in the end always arrive back to the default VSIDO WM, Fluxbox.  Quite an elegant Linux distro!  The community is a lot larger now than it was back then, but still the best Linux forum/community, I’ve ever been a part of.  Some really smart, talented people!  You should probably go download and install it now.  Download VSIDO

I’ll say more when it starts getting colder outside…

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The subsequent, subsequent post?

OK, I’ll just come out and type it.  There will not be a ‘subsequent’ Nexus post.  (a) I don’t recall what I was going to write about anyway (b) it would have been boring and probably already written down somewhere else and (c) IT’S SUMMER…

Put down the tablet/phone/laptop and step outside for a minute!  There’s a real world out there… read more