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This blog documents my adventures in technology. At the moment my primary interest lies is linux/unix systems, their usage, their customization, their history and philosophy. But I am interested in other fields too, such as hardware, OS in general, gaming and more. I hope you are going to enjoy this blog.

whoami

I am a computer science student. I like (in no particular order) *NIX, minimalist software, the GPL, AMD, Sony, Deus Ex, Risen, XCOM and Civilization, i3-gaps, the Raspberry Pi and more, which I don’t recall at the moment.

My Devices

I have several systems running. Their specs are these:

My Tower - RAKETE

  • CPU: AMD RYZEN R5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz
  • GPU: XFX Radeon RX 480 RS
  • RAM: 8G DDR4-2400
  • Mainboard: ASUS Prime B350M-A
  • Drives:
    • 256G SSD: Windows 10 Pro
    • 128G SSD: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Plasma
    • 160G HDD: changing OSes
    • 500G HDD: Data
  • Displays:
    • Primary: 1920x1080 22”
    • Right: 1366x768 19”
  • Keyboard: Logitech G510
  • Mouse: Saitek R.A.T. 3

My Laptop - MASCHINE

  • Model: Lenovo Thinkpad L420
  • CPU: Shintel Core i5-2520M @ 3.20 GHz
  • RAM: 8G DDR3-1333
  • Drives: 128G SSD: Arch Linux i3-gaps
  • Display: 1366x768 14”

Raspberry Pi II Sambaserver and Downloadbox - GENERATOR

  • OS: Alpine Linux
  • HDD: 3T Data

Raspberry Pi III for Retrogaming - KONSOLE

  • OS: RetroPie

Sony Xperia Z3 - TELEGRAPH

  • OS: Android 6.0

Software I use and recommend

Web Browser

  • Vivaldi - My main browser. Very customizable and integrates excellent tab management. Completely controllable with your keyboard, if you’re into that.
  • Firefox - If some site isn’t compatible with vivaldi or someone else is using my laptop. Plus the newest rust-additions look pretty interesting.
  • Firefox Focus - Minimalistic mobile browser. Is private mode only, blocks ads and tracker.

Terminal Environment

  • urxvt - Pretty standard. Customizable via your .Xresources, which is nice.
  • zsh - Not the most minimalistic, but the most comfortable for me.
  • dash - This is the shell I use for scripting. It is pretty much a POSIX-shell with the addition of the local keyword.

Communication

  • Thunderbird - Again, pretty standard, but GPG handling with Enigmail is just so convinient. Plus the calendar is pretty nice, too.
  • mcabber - Nice XMPP/Jabber Client for the terminal. Has support for OTR.
  • WhatsApp - You know it. But I actually think, it is a really good and secure messenger.
  • Signal - If you want to use a securely encrypted messenger use this one. Not that Telegram crap.
  • Silence - If you need encrypted SMS.
  • K9-Mail - E-Mail on Android.

Entertainment

  • Foobar2000 - The music-player I loved. This is the reason, I changed to Linux like a year later, because I didn’t found a replacement.
  • Deadbeef - Foobar2000 for Linux. Not as customizable as the original, but it is alright.
  • mpv - Lightweight video player.
  • Poweramp - Best android music app. Hands down.

Work

  • LibreOffice - Standard. Don’t use OpenOffice, it has almost no active maintainers anymore.
  • IntelliJ IDEA - We’re supposed to program in Java for university. This is the best IDE I found.
  • Kakoune - I recently switched to this one from NeoVim and am pretty impressed for now, but emacs, vis, or even acme are not out of the game.
  • GIMP - Edit pictures.
  • Krita - A very nice application for digital painting, animating stuff and more.

Desktop

  • i3-gaps - My window manager. Didn’t find a better one yet. Pretty nice, when configured properly, although I’m not as happy with it anymore.
  • polybar - A nice bar for your DIY Desktop Environment.
  • rofi - Rice-able application launcher.
  • dunst - Your new, lightweight notification daemon.
  • KDE - Fully featured, highly customizable Desktop Environment.
  • Hayai Launcher - A very nice and minimalistic Launcher for Android.

Linux Distributions

  • Alpine Linux - Impressive, extremely minimalistic Distribution. Perfect for one purpose projects. Security-hardened. I might even use it as a desktop distro in the future.
  • Arch Linux - Distro, that puts you in control. Not perfect, but for me, it is the best compromise between my need to tinker and my need for a reliable operating system.
  • OpenSUSE Leap - Very stable and polished distribution. It is the one, I usually recommend linux newcomers. It is a solid base, but gives you the possibility to explore the system, if you want to. It’s not dumbed down like Ubuntu, but gives you the linux feel without needing you to be a technology enthusiast.
  • Puppy - The most reliable live distro I found so far. I use it, if I broke one of my distros.