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 read more

What “Linux” To Choose

If you are a Windows user who is sick of M$ and paying for what inevitably ends up being bug filled, security problematic software, (or Mac users for that matter) you should definitely read this. I wrote it for you. I used to be you! If you love computing, are on your computer all the time, or just someone looking for more control and freedom over “YOUR” PC, you should definitely come away from this a lot less hesitant about making the move to Linux! I wish there had been something this succinct when I was making the switch.

It was 2008, I was using Linux.(I have been since 1991 or ’92 off and on, though at that time, more ‘off’ than ‘on’) Over the last 8 to 10 years, I had been a wanderer on the Linux landscape. I was just off a career that spanned almost 30 years of working with nothing but computers, mostly MS servers. Toss in a couple of AS400’s, Apples, even an OS/2 Warp server. It wasn’t until going to work for UPS that I had my first taste of Unix. When I started at UPS there were still several systems that relied on their Unix servers. My job with UPS required a lot of database experience and being able to import usable data into the UPS shipping systems format. Fun stuff. In other words, I had my hands in a ton of different hardware, OS’s and yes, desktops too. (anybody remember 10Base-T and the fun of trying to find which one had the bad ‘terminator’ plugged into it?) This ended in Mar read more

Fluxbox or Awesome

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been playing with the Awesome WM. I hate to spoil an article in the second sentence, but, I didn’t find it that “awesome”. In the past, I’d given “i3” a pretty fair amount of time, checking it out to appease my curiosity about ‘Tiling’. I still come across screen-shots every once in a while where I’ll say, “WOW that looks (uh-oh) awesome”, in regards to someone posting a shot of their ’tiling’ desktop. The most recent case being on youtube when I stumbled across a video tutorial posted by “msjche” about Gentoo and Awesome WM. He does a great job with his ‘how to’ videos! (You can find all of “msjche’s” youtube videos here.)

While I’m no LUA writing champion, I can find my way around the scripting language. It really is amazing how much you can learn with ‘Ctrl-C’ and ‘Ctrl-V’, or, otherwise known as “copy and paste”! In the end, I was able to turn my VSIDO desktop (my distro of choice of course, based on Debian’s SID branch) into a near duplicate of the Gentoo desktop that ‘msjche’ shows in his youtube video.

On a side note, the wonderful thing about Linux is the multitude of people like ‘msjche’ who are willing to share and give so much to the read more

VSIDO 3 Codename: savant-hakerdefo

VSIDO 3 Now Available

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That’s right, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!  Version 3 released this week, unveiling a slightly new direction for VSIDO.  Now a Fluxbox only distro, a smaller LiveUSB image coming in at 412mb just in case you rather have the LiveCD version.  For those that are unaware, using a LiveUSB can speed up an install by at least a factor of 10 and is as easy to make as a LiveCD.

The total install once completed averages around 1.6Gb’s of space.  Memory resources are also at an all time low.

This build, like it’s predecessors in the past has all the apps and tools at your disposal to be up and productive in less than 4 minutes.  That read more