Linux Blogs

Arch Linux and Architect

Linux users who have spent even a short amount of time in the community will know of Arch Linux, and distros built from Arch but what about people who are new to Linux?

In this blog, I will discuss what Arch Linux is and the pros and cons for new users vs using Architect

Arch Linux

Arch Linux is a Linux distribution that was released in 2002 with no specific audience in mind. Arch Linux runs a pacman package manager which has a little learning curve for those use to Ubuntu’s package manager.

New users tend to go for a Linux distribution that has a GUI interface and an easy to follow installation, but this is where Arch is different and tends to scare a lot of people off.

Unlike Ubuntu or Mint, Arch is installed completely in the terminal via commands, and when I say completely I mean it.

Below are the main steps taken when installing Arch.

  1. Manually making partitions on the hard drive
  2. Manually mount and unmount drives
  3. Set the keyboard layout
  4. Update the system clock
  5. create the system users
  6. Set the region
  7. Install GRUB
  8. Install all drivers
  9. And install a desktop environment eg. Gnome, KDE etc

Now you may be thinking you do that already in a normal install, but remember there is no GUI it’s all done via commands.

This is why new users run away from Arch and it’s also why Arch is known for its ‘Elite Power User’ community. I do recommend any Linux user to try and install Arch, as it’s a really nice feeling to know you built your system from the ground up, but if the command line is not for you there is another way to install Arch Linux.

Architect

Architect has been created as an alternative way to install Arch via a GUI instead of a command line.

Architect Linux Main Menu

As you can see it’s as simple as following a 1 – 8 step installer, which holds your hand through the entire process, there is still a little learning curve to knowing how to configure it but it still saves the headache of inputting a command in wrong etc.

Here is a video for a look at how to install Arch via the Architect installer.

 

Class Work

Deciding My Personal Brand

I decided on Techdox when I first started doing Tech blogs for my networking classes, I enjoyed making these blogs so I decided to make it a bit more personal and turn it into something, and that’s how Techdox was born.

Techdox is about anything Tech related that I am interested in, this can range from Cloud Servers, IoT devices, Networking and Linux.

For the Social media class I decided to split Techdox into a specfic area, and I decided on Linux.

Techdox Linux will cover all forms of Linux that I find interesting, now Linux is a huge area but I am only interested in new distros and big news that might be coming out, and some basic how to guides.

This blog is intended for anyone with a passion in I.T and computers, I decided to blog about Linux because I realised few people actually leave Windows, and yet we say we are into I.T.  I.T is beyond Windows and that’s why Linux.

I aim to bring a non biased opinon on anything I blog about and want to give my honest opinion about anything I discuss, and I hope to convince others to give Linux a try or atleast gain some knowledge that they never knew before.

 

 

 

Linux Blogs

Solus First Impressions

Following the release of my video, which I gave my first impressions of Solus, I thought I would write-up a quick blog about what I found in detail.

Solus is a Linux distribution that has received a fair bit of attention because of its ease of use, so I decided to give my first impressions based off of the idea that I was a first time Linux user, from the installer to the desktop.

The installer was clean and easy to follow, if you are a first time Linux user the chances of you dual booting which require partitioning is pretty slim, so I just kept to installing it via default settings. The installer gave me the chance to add more than just the admin account, which I have not seen before in an installer, and that it also saves time adding say, your children into the system once it’s all installed.

Once the system was installed I was greeted with the desktop, did it stand out? No, it looked like any other KDE/MATE/GNOME environment, but that’s not what all the fuss is about, it’s about installing third-party apps right from the package manager, instead of using the terminal.

So I clicked the package manager and was greeted with a menu which was pretty each to follow, it had categories on the left side, Search etc. I went to search straight away and tried to search for Spotify, it’s a third-party app but it should show up, because ‘Solus’ but to my surprise, it did not, I then saw a third-party tab which I clicked onto and seen Spotify in there. It looks as if the search searches packages in the current repository and the third-party tab is just a bunch of scripts in the backend to install the software.

I cover a fair bit more in the video so watch that, but will I be making a change to Solus from Mint?

The fact is no I won’t, why? Because it’s just like any other Linux distro, I am happy where I am and with how Mint performs and it is not offering anything more than Mint does, and if I want to install Spotify i’ll just use the terminal.

BUT! for new users yes I will be suggesting Solus instead of Mint because of the ease of use.

Here’s the video as well.

Linux Blogs

Should Linux Be More Accepted in Uni/Polytech?

As an IT student it always amazes me how focused everything is around Windows, I understand why and their reasons but Linux has really been coming up in the last few years, and I think it should really be considered in studys especially in IT.

So what am I going on about?

Well Windows dominates that personal computer OS scene and no one can argue against that, but in an IT degree would it not make sense to influence students to experiance something different? If you have been following my posts you will know I have been trying to use Linux as much as I can, but I keep getting beat down on critcal things.

My networking classes require us to be on a specfic network which uses a sophos authenticator to allow internet connect, but there is an issue, well two to be exact.

The first being that the network does not allow Linux connection, they offer certificates for the connection but it just fails to work. Secondly even if I did manage to connect to it the Sophos authenticator is limited to Mac and Windows…

Like I was saying I know most students use Windows because it’s supported and it comes on every machine you see for sale in a store, but it really pushes you down when you try to step outside the box and want to try something a little different.

There is a way to fix this, well attempt to anyway. The Linux commuinity has been big on getting a group of people togeather and making their voices heard to make change, and this would be the same way in institues as well I think. If you want to make a change you have to let the right people know a change needs to be made, otherwise it’s never going to happen.

I would love to know how others feel about making Linux more accepted in institutes and why they think it would be good or bad.

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Theme Choice

I decided to go with the theme ‘Dara’ for its simplicity when it comes to its layout, it also provided an easy to navigate design.

The Dara theme also is quite bare which is less intimidating when it comes to adding content to the blog, not long some other blogs that requires so much content to fill the blog up.

In the end, I wanted a theme that was easy to customise, and easy on the eyes and I feel like this theme is suitable. I also wish I could use a theme I use on my main site but free WordPress accounts can not have uploaded themes.