Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I did it!!!

Yeap! I installed Arch Linux on my laptop. Unfortunately I don't have the time I need to write a post about my experience and how it all went, but when I can I'll let you know with a really really long post.

One thing is for sure though. Arch Linux rocks!!! Man I feel like I'm using a new laptop. It's blazing fast and it boots up in less than 10 seconds.

Anyways. That's my little tease. Expect more soon!

See ya!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flirting with Arch

Currently I use Linux Mint on my laptop  and openSuSE on my desktop but seriously I've been thinking about this for quite some time.

I've already installed Arch on lots of virtual machines and I got used to the installation process which I don't know why everybody says it's difficult. It seems OK to me. Maybe it's because I've installed Debian and Ubuntu using debootstrap on a few servers before, I don't know...

The thing is that I want to switch to a "true" rolling distribution. And I put emphasis "true". I do that because some people may suggest Debian, but from my point of view Debian isn't a rolling distribution. Sure if you specifically follow a certain channel (stable, testing, unstable) and not a certain release (wheeze, squeeze, etc) you get a rolling distribution BUT you never get the latest software. And I want that.

When it comes to my computers at home I like living on the edge. I like having the latest releases of everything. And sometimes that's good because you get bug fixes and new features faster than anyone else. If it were for a server then I would either go for Debian stable or Ubuntu LTS since stability and reliability come first in such cases. (And yes! Ubuntu LTS is a great distro for a server. I've used it on many machines and that thing rocks.)

So Arch it is. I don't know exactly when but by the end of the coming week I'll have it running on my laptop that's for sure. I'll keep you updated.

See ya!!!

PS. If you don't know what Arch Linux is, go check it out at:

My favorite music player

Here's the deal. In the coming weeks I'll be making posts about my favorite software. Spoiler Alert! It's won't necessarily be Free and/or Open Source Software..! (OMG! What am I thinking?)

And so this week I'll start with my favorite music player. Hmmm, what the hell does this picture below do here? Oh...

Yeap! Clementine, you guessed right!!! I discovered Clementine sometime after the Christmas Holidays this year (Yes! I know that it took me like forever...) and boy what a music player and media organizer this is. I used to be a Banshee user (yes I used that evil and hated thing called Mono), but since I found Clementine I never looked back.

For those of you who don't know what Clementine is, let me quote a few things from the players' website:
Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music.
Yeap! That's right, Clementine is inspired by Amarok 1.4. You get this nice and really really improved and revamped Amarok 1.4 experience and on top this you get so many many more goodies. Clementine is more that just a music player and a media organizer. And whatever I write here won't be enough to precisely describe what Clementine is. Clementine adds hell of a lot of new features, features that one would expect in the Amarok 2 series but well... they never made it.

Don't get me wrong Amarok 2 is a great media player and piece of software, but it's not for me, at least not anymore. And I'm sure that there's lots of people out there that believe exactly the same. Amarok 2 was a complete rewrite of Amarok 1.4 and I think that the developers kinda lost track of what they were trying to achieve. It took them quite a lot of time to reintroduce features Amarok 1.4 had and that still didn't exist in Amarok 2. When Amarok 2 was firstly introduced I immediately switch to Banshee and I was pretty pleased with it. And truth be told Banshee has matured a lot lately and is on par with Clementine on lots of aspects.

Were was I? Yes! I really couldn't recommend Clementine more and I urge you to go and check it out. You'll be amazed, as I was I'm sure of it!

Check it out and tell me what you think, I'll be waiting!!!

Dimitri out...

Monday, June 10, 2013

What the heck Google Chrome?

What's wrong with Google Chrome lately? The couple last versions have been getting worse and worse especially when it comes to Google services. (Oh the irony!)

Seriously though, Google Chrome has been giving me headaches with some Google services. Google Plus seems to crash (?) a lot, especially on Chromium which I've also tested, and on Blogger I can't see the top navigation bar which renders just fine under Firefox.

Has anyone else experienced something similar?

Quick update: I just found out that when previewing posts the navigation bar at the top renders just fine. What the snap???

Blog design update!!!!

I updated the blog template guys!!! What do you think? I think I'm liking it.

What I need to do now, is to find a "Tux-ier" background. Let's see what Google can do for this...

Update: I just checked the mobile version of my blog with my Android phone. It rocks! God I love the mobile version of Blogger.

Time to start...

Yes I know. It's another blog about someone's adventures in Linux and you probably are right...

I don't know but for some reason I wanted to do this for a long time now. So since I have some free time these days, I said why not.

My name is Dimitris Zarras and together we'll share knowledge and experience. I hope you'll enjoy what I'll write here from time to time.

See you soon!!!