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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For many years, I’ve been thinking about what is the best version of Linux (distro) to recommend to people who are familiar with Microsoft Windows. Now that Windows 7 is no longer being supported, I have put a considerable amount of time and research into finding answer. In the past, I have recommended Ubuntu. I no longer think that’s the best recommendation, as the interface in the default Ubuntu environtment with Gnome 3 can be jarring to people coming from Windows.
Video on LBRY Video on Youtube Alpine Linux on Physical Hardware. I’m considering switching some of my server applications to Alpine Linux. Here’s why. RetroEdge.Tech post in video: https://retroedge.tech/microblog/alpine-linux/ DJ Ware is @cruxwork on LBRY Alpine Linux website: https://alpinelinux.org/
I’m considering switching some of my server applications to Alpine Linux. Here’s why. For years I’ve been using Ubuntu server for my Linux server applications. There isn’t really a need to move to something else, more of a desire to learn new things and improve my system administration. I’d like to explore Red Hat Linux based server administration, like CentOS, because it is frequently used in business settings. I am also exploring options to use with older hardware and my own internal use.