Optiplex vs Pi

I had some excellent comments and questions on one of my recent videos. In the video I talked about using multiple Dell Optiplex small form factor PC computers to split up and host the services that I currently have running on one Dell PowerEdge server. One commenter, Philip, asked good questions, which I answered and then he followed up with additional questions. It makes sense to cover those in a post and video.

Hp Stream Ubuntu

Yes, the HP Stream is a terrible laptop. Now that I’ve loaded Linux on it, it is at least usable. The HP Stream laptops that only come with 32GB of eMMC storage are pretty much useless with the Microsoft Windows operating system that they are sold with. That’s because Windows takes up almost all of the 32GB of space new out of the box. Then, when a major Windows Update needs to be applied, the laptop completely runs out of space and stops functioning correctly.

Still Publishing Videos

I need to get a writing schedule in place. I’ve been publishing videos about three times a week. That’s been going really well. I publish on both LBRY and Youtube: https://open.lbry.com/@retroedge.tech:4 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXc72osWq8CJBVmuBRzKAhg Been doing quite a few videos on BSPWM, a tiling window manager and other Linux topics. Here are links to some of the individual vidos: “Installing” Scripts in your ~/.local/bin on Linux - pfetch from github Putting bash shell commands together to make a custom clock - Linux Testing my bspwm assist script in Endeavour OS Alpine Linux with a Tiling Window Manager - bspwm Mystery CPU - What Linux projects should I do with this Loadmaster 2200 ?

Bspwm Progress

The “Binary Space Partition Window Manager”, referred to as bspwm, has been a lot of fun to work with. At first, a little frustrating because I couldn’t figure out how to do anything. Now, I have the basics figured out. I first got bspwm working on my ThinkPad T420s laptop with Linux Mint. Then, I started writing a script that would assist in the installation and initial configuration of bspwm. I tested that on Ubuntu-based and Linux Mint virtual machines.

Shell Script Channel

As I’ve been exploring Linux and the LBRY platform, I found a channel that has been really helpful. @metalx1000 / Films By Kris I found the channel on LBRY, but Kris has been publishing videos for years on Youtube. What caught my attention were his videos on shell scripting. It’s a skill that I have been wanting to get better at. Kris does a great job of showing programming concepts using shell scripting.

Vim Cheatsheet

I’m learning to use the vim text editor. Came across something useful: the vim cheatsheet. If you search duckduckgo.com for “vim cheatsheet” there’s some instant answer goodness that displays a listing of the vim commands and what they do. Try it out: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vim+cheatsheet&atb=v195-1&ia=cheatsheet&iax=1 I do find it humorous that the first section is on “exiting” vim. Because that is definitely the immediate challenge that confronts people new to vim. These blog posts are written in markdown.

Make CAPSLOCK Esc Again!

Most people don’t use the Caps Lock key, except by mistake. Here’s how to make that key useful by remapping it to something else. This guide is for the Cinnamon desktop environment. Screenshots were taken on Linux Mint, but this applies to Cinnamon installed on any Linux varient (Manjaro, Fedora, et cetera). I’ve been using vim, a text editor with modes. To get out of the insert mode, you press the “esc” key.

Livebooting Manjaro bspwm on a ThinkPad T420s

I’m getting some hands on time with the bspwm tiling window manager. RetroEdge.Tech is definitely about hardware and the ThinkPad T series of laptops have been a favorite of mine for about the last ten years or so. Probably the best way to explain tiling window managers is that in the default mode, the windows do not overlap each other; one window does not hide another from view. I really liked the feel of this, but takes a short bit to learn the shortcuts to open windows and move them around.

Brodie, Luke and Bspwm

While on exploring the videos on LBRY, I’ve come across some really good Linux and technology channels. Brodie Robertson was one of the first Linux people that I found through LBRY, as I had already known about Lunduke and several others through Youtube. I’ve been watching most of Brodie’s videos for the past month and I’ve been challenged in my view of what Linux on the desktop is. Specifically that has to do with an group of programs called Tiling Window Managers.

LBRY can be downloaded as an AppImage on Linux

I’ve been experimenting with different ways to install software on Linux recently, even explaining Flatpak at a Linux User Group meeting as part of a larger presentation. AppImage has caught my interest especially, partially because it’s so different. Here’s a quote from their website: Download an application, make it executable, and run! No need to install. Each application is completely in a single file and there’s no need to go through any kind of installation process.