Chris J Powell

OS Sunday – A Tribute to the "Hoosier" in All of Us

OS Sunday – A Tribute to the "Hoosier" in All of Us

After nearly 3 years of doing a weekly post on the amazing diversity of the Linux OS and its many derivatives I wonder how I still keep stumbling across new and always interesting versions of the the Operating System kernel that got its start way back in 1991.  This week though I take a bit of a turn away from the Pure Linux experience and visit a fork of one of my all time favorite OSes…OpenSolaris. Released just a few days ago, this newly minted OS has a lot of updates and although the main page for OpenIndiana does not sport the existence of this OS yet, the considerable efforts to build a solid Wiki for the previous iteration of the OS will hopefully remain relevant to my installation and the subsequent evaluation of the OS. It has been some time since I visited the world of anything related to OpenSolaris.  I remember during my initial foray into the world of OpenSource I was a true download hound and would spend hours, downloading, installing, testing and then starting over until … Read more

OS Sunday – Antergos for everyone?

OS Sunday – Antergos for everyone?

It has been a long while since I sat down and did a proper evaluation of a Linux Desktop.

I went out to www.distrowatch.com and took a look at the “movers and shakers” and noticed that there was a newer form of Linux that was moving up the charts.  Formerly known as Cinnarch, the Antergos Linux project bills itself “for everyone”…well if it is for everyone it should be for me too right?

The website and the project itself looks to be relatively professional in its layout.  The Community Page appears to be fairly active, with really quick responses to posts for assistance which is good, that is always important.

The options for downloads were pretty straight forward, there is a 64 bit, a 32 bit and a “Testing Branch” available for download.  Each of those options then has 2 versions, a full Live “CD” and then a Minimal version of that same ISO.  I chose to go for the 64 Bit Full Live CD and then spun up a VirtualBox with 4 GB of RAM and 20GB of storage on my trusty MonstaPuter.

The download of the ISO with the provided Torrent Link was quite fast and at 830 MB, the size was reasonable.

Booting to the Live environment was stable and relatively fast and when I went looking for the installer, it was relatively simple to go through.  I chose to use the graphical installer which is a vast improvement to the standard text based versions I have seen in other Arch Linux based distros.  The icon set that comes with Antergos is built by the great group over at numix and I chose to go for the Cinnamon Desktop (considering the project started out as a Cinnamon Based project), but there are 6 optional desktops to choose from, which is a nice option for anyone diving into a Linux Distro.

The installation took a reasonable 15 minutes and was most impressed with the integration with Google Web Fonts by default as well as the nice layout for the installation “preview screens”.

The initial boot was smooth and very reasonable and it was refreshing to see a completely clean and smooth desktop allowing me to customize things as I see fit.

When it comes to what you get with the 830 MB download and the use of the system, well during the installation, I opted to include the LibreOffice files into the installation so out of the box, the Antergos installation is ready to use as a complete system.

Accessories

  • 7zip
  • HP Device Manager
  • Xfburn

Graphics

  • Document Viewer
  • Gnome Image Viewer

Internet

  • Chromium Browser (Open Source Version of Google Chrome)
  • Empathy (Chat Client)
  • Transmission (Torrent Downloader

Office

  • LibreOffice v 4.4.1.2 (which is the current latest version)

Sound and Video

  • Cheese (webcam utility)
  • Totem Video Player
  • xNoise Music Player

Using the included PacMan (Package Manager), I was able to locate quite easily the other software that I would typically consider to be essential to a build for myself.

Overall, the Antergos LInux install and initial usage was both pleasant and easy to leap into.  The real question that I have would be, would I be able to get past the ease of use of my oh so familiar Ubuntu Linux to make this work for myself.  The simple answer would be yes, the complicated answer would be best left for another post, but if you are looking to get your feet wet with a solid, stable and easy to install/use Linus Operating System, the motto of Antergos would definitely apply as it is built for EVERYONE!

Cheers,

Krispy

 

I am back – Krispy's Rants Lives…but now it is "i am krispy"

I am back – Krispy's Rants Lives…but now it is "i am krispy"

It has taken me far longer than I had anticipated, considering that I moved away from the world of shared hosting to becoming a System Admin all on my own but so far the experience has been not only worth it, it has been incredibly rewarding. I set up everything from scratch, using some great resources found on the interwebz and then dove into the modification of a theme that I think is pretty darn awesome! I was torn for several weeks about migrating to a different Content Management Solution other than WordPress but at the end of the day, it was by far the easiest, most supported and despite having no less than 10 reinstalls of the OS and the site, I am no ready to touch every single post on the site and reconnect all the broken and missing links. First off, the VPS Server that I chose was among the most affordable solutions I have ever seen, I went with www.vultr.com as my provider with a 768 MB $5.00 per month setup, then I went about trying … Read more

Configuring A Life – Just Like a PC

Configuring A Life – Just Like a PC

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could truly just reset ourselves, reformat and come back faster stronger and more efficient just like when we install a new OS on a computer.  Each week I experiment with a different OS (mainly flavors of Linux but I digress).  I have some upcoming work to do and wanted to be able to do so within the Windows Ecosystem so out I pull a copy of Windows 8.1 and give it a whirl and I must say…the difference between 8 and 8.1 is enough to make me take notices and say…this actually works (even if the tiles are still annoying). You see, my life has had more than a few BSOD’s (Blue Screens of Death) in its day and while I am undertaking the largest reset and “reformat” of my life right now…I think I have everything laid out in a way that I will be able to keep things stable and clean for quite some time.  Over the past 15 years, I can honestly say that I have installed more than 500 Operating … Read more

OS Sunday – Linux Gaming Takes a Whole New Turn

OS Sunday – Linux Gaming Takes a Whole New Turn

Gaming on Linux has always been a bit of an afterthought but a while ago the creative geniuses at Steam (www.steampowered.com) have changed all of that by partnering with Canonical (the backers of Ubuntu) and have not only built out a Gaming OS but are also about to release a line of “Steam Machines” that will run the core bits of an OS that is dedicated to Linux Gaming and bringing a new power of both entertainment and gaming to the living room and competing against the Xbox and Playstation juggernauts…all with an OpenSource Platform that enables you to change the “shell” of the device you are displaying to fit your own personality and style: Sure looking at the options available…it does mean that you will pay far more than you would for any of the mass marketed gaming machines but just because these are some of the options presented by www.maximumpc.com this does not mean that you need to…repurposing an older computer or even investing in a lower powered but still capable device, a refurbished office machine or get … Read more

OS Sunday – More Windows than Windows???

OS Sunday – More Windows than Windows???

With the impending release of Windows 10 (yes Microsoft skipped Windows 9, I guess 8.1 was 9?)…I figured I would give a quick look for a Linux OS that has the look and feel of Windows while still having at its core the openness and friendliness of Linux.  At the same time, I heard from a friend that he is having problems connecting his iPhone to the Ubuntu install that I put together for him so fortunately my daughter is here so I could test some theories on getting her iPad to connect to Linux and share them with him (see separate post). Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu so for me, this will be like putting on a comfortable pair of pants and kicking back and relaxing.  You can download one of 5 alternatives for installation from www.zorin-os.com, I chose to look at the 1.4 GB Core Install in its 64 Bit Flavor and set things up in a Virtual Box Environment with 20 GB HDD and 4 GB of RAM and the installation was more than smooth…it was among … Read more

OS Sunday – Breath Life Back Into an Old PC

OS Sunday – Breath Life Back Into an Old PC

Every once in a while I like to head out and look for a minimalist version of Linux that could be installed on hardware that is more than 10 years old because even after several Technology Purges, I still have a few computers kicking around that are on the wrong side of the 10 year mark and just don’t cut it for the latest and greatest of anything.  I found a new spin on the Debian OS that uses a new Fork of the KDE Desktop called Trinity and thought that I would give it a spin.  The Q4OS has stated Hardware Requirements that are indeed minimalist:  300 MHz for a Processor (circa 1996-97), 128 MB of RAM and just 3 GB of Hard Drive Space.  This is indeed a light weight distro and the download even only is 319 MB for the 64 Bit version. So with it indeed being designed for older PCs, how will it operate when I unleash the Oracle Virtual Machine configured with 4 GB of RAM and a 20 GB HDD?  Well I was … Read more

OS Sunday – Krispy is Not the Only Thing Evolving

OS Sunday – Krispy is Not the Only Thing Evolving

One of the best things about Linux is its ability to change into exactly what the individual wants from a computer and since the very first time that I installed a distro (way back in 1996 with Caldera Linux) I fell in love with the customizability of it.  With the changes that I am proposing for my own life, I decided to head out and go looking for something that was new, fresh and very different from what I am used to seeing.  No Gnome, no KDE and no other Graphical User Interface.  I wanted a new Desktop and what I found was truly an evolutionary slant on what we think of as a Desktop Environment.  The Evolve OS is not only slick…it is absolutely gorgeous! From past experiences though, entering into the world of Alpha Releases can not only be a challenge but can be an absolute nightmare so I went in with low expectations…and the results of my initial testing were not only above those lowered expectations…I became enamoured with the simplicity and usability of this new Distro. Downloading the … Read more

OS Sunday – Smoothing Out the Rough Edges

OS Sunday – Smoothing Out the Rough Edges

Each night before bed I plug in the headphones and try to learn a little something about the Tech World by listening to some at times very interesting Pod Casts.  This week on Linux for the Rest of Us was talking about Sonar Linux and I was re-introduced to Arch Linux in a new way.  You see, while Arch has always been one of those versions of Linux that is easy to use…it has suffered real problem with the installation.  You see, every time that I have tried to install it, the 3 hour ordeal would start to cause convulsions and I would typically quit and move on…but according to the podcast, Manjaro Linux takes care of all of that..in a big way…so I figured I would give it a try and see how things went. There were plenty of options to choose from when looking at Manjaro, there are ISOs for XFCE, KDE, OpenBox even a Minimal Net Version but I chose the KDE version mainly because I figured I would try to conquer two of my dislikes about Linux in … Read more

OS Sunday – It's Elementary My Dear Watson!

While I have never been a fan of the Mac OS there is something about it that has me wonder if it would be possible to build the sexiness of its look into the world of Linux that I love so much and sure there are docking bars and step by step instructions to make Ubuntu look, feel and act like a Mac but I recently stumbled across an OS that does all the leg work and configuration for you.  No messing about with extra installs, tweaks and Command Line Prompts…just simple and quick…the way that I like it!  For most of this week I have been sticking with an Education Theme and OS Sunday is the same: Elementary OS is built on the foundation of Ubuntu Linux but goes so much further in the way that it lays out the functions and the way that it connects to its users.  The 64-bit Download was a svelte 694 MB which would fit onto a venerable CD Rom and that to me has always been a sign that the developers are … Read more

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