domingo, 29 de mayo de 2016

Setting up a Spanish Keyboard on my Chromebook's Lubuntu

Today I learned this easy and useful trick thanks to Longtom, at PCLOS Forum!

1. Go to Menu > File Tools > File Manager Super User
2. In the address bar type  /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/
3. Open the file “autostart” and add the following :
    setxkbmap -layout "za,us"
4. Save the file, log out and log in

All I had to do was replacing "za" with "es" and that did the trick:

A test sentence: La pequeña niña está dibujando un corazón. 


viernes, 20 de mayo de 2016

It's Been 6 Years Already!

It was 6 years ago when, during a workshop about blogs, this humble account of my experiences with Free Software was born.  After countless problems, I decided to forget about all the knowledge about Windows (funny, I thought it was about computers back then) that I had accumulated in around 15 years and migrated to the land of Tux.

I left my power user status...

I left many of my games and favorite apps...

I left the comfort of warranties and a solid customer support...

All to search for a totally new land.  An unknown world in which, surely enough, I would be a newbie again...

Wait a minute!  I never enjoyed warranties and much less a customer support of any type!  All I got was formatted hard drives thanks to those working in computer shops that were not directly related to Microsoft.

Also, I remember I left a land of viruses, Trojans, beacons, and malware of all possible kinds.

I left a realm of "this cannot be done" and of Blue Screens of Death.

I abandoned a world of constant system checks and paranoia.

And now, after 6 years as a full time Linux user, I can say:

I still don't know most of the command line.

I found excellent apps and my game collection is constantly growing.

I still need the help of those who kindly keep the forums of my distros.

I still get amazed at the advantages of using Linux.

I still have no idea of how to compile my kernel.

I may be a perpetual newbie, but the knowledge I've accumulated in these 6 years doubles that of my 15+ years using Windows.  I'm proud of that!


sábado, 14 de mayo de 2016

Partition Woes

Some days ago, while I was playing Steam games on my gaming partition, I noticed that my system (Pardus 2.0) started misbehaving.

I don't blame Pardus.  After all, I had done lots of risky updates in the past (I even went from Pardus 2013 to Pardus 2.0 a la rolling release style.  Of course, that move made my system a bit unstable but it was perfectly usable.)

However, last week, Pardus threw a weird error and refused to start.  I tried to run fsck to no avail. I guess that was because of my Frankenstein system. That meant that I couldn't access all my Steam games and my other local games.

Since I did not know how to repair that broken system, I went the easy way: formatted the partition.

Then, I tried Pardus 3.0.  Unfortunately, it was ridiculously slow to boot and to turn off (due to a pending process at start that was also present when I moved from 2013 to 2.0 but that I had forgotten how to repair.)

Thus, I started to look for other options.  I wanted to settle for Mageia, but upon installing, it would ask me for an UEFI partition I didn't have and which I didn't want to create.

Finally, I decided to try MX-15.  I was reluctant to do it because I had tried the game Never Alone on MX-14 and it didn't work.  I was pleased to see that my testing MX-15 system ran the game smoothly.  It was time to install MX-15 on my gaming partition then.

But alas!  The installer showed me a warning that my partition had some problems. The system would install fine, but I was told to expect errors more often in time.

Well, I guess that can't be helped.  The good part is that I use that partition only for gaming and losing all my progress will not make me lose my sleep.  After all, I am a terrible gamer and I have already finished the games I was hooked into (Violett, Nihilumbra, Finding Teddy, Detective Grimoire).  Too bad for my long way in Limbo, Incredipede, The Bard's Tale, Never Alone, This War of Mine, etc. But I don't mind to start those games over again.  Actually, it sounds kind of fun.)

I am happy I have a multiboot computer. Also, I am happy I use Linux: you can try as many distros as you want and installing them is fast.

lunes, 25 de abril de 2016

Pisi Linux 2.0 Beta 1 Released!

Pisi Linux 2.0 Beta 1 has been released.

What does it have?  According to the announcement, these are the important changes:
kernel: 4.4.4
Grub2 Version: 2.02 _ Beta2
Display Server: X.Org version 1.17.2
Kde plasma version: 5.6.2
Qt version: 5.6.0
Gcc version: 5.3.0
Firefox: 44.02
Chromium: 50.0.2632.0
Gimp: 2.8.16
Mpv-Player: 0.14
Vokoscreen: 2.4.19
Qt creator: 3.5.1

And as an interesting detail, Pisi-Linux-2.0-Beta-Kde5-Crocus ancyrensis comes WITHOUT systemd.

Where to get it? HERE. Please remember that Pisi Linux is a 64-bit-only distro. 

sábado, 9 de abril de 2016

A Pisi Video!

This is an animated short video featuring some known characters from Pisi Linux.  What does it mean?  I've no idea!

martes, 22 de marzo de 2016

COMING SOON: Pisi Linux 2.0

Apparently, the final release of Pisi Linux 2.0 will be ready quite soon.  As far as I can tell, the devs are working on its documentation and polishing some rough edges.  They also have made a set of banners for those who want to help spread the word.  I like this one:

Of course there are many others here in case you'd like to add one to your blog or site.

lunes, 21 de marzo de 2016

Security: antiX 15.1 and MX-15 Devs Now Sign their ISO Files

After the hacking of Linux Mint's site, other Linux developers have been thinking about an extra layer of security to ensure that what the end user downloads is actually what the original developers uploaded.

In the case of antiX and MX-15, this new security layer has taken the shape of signed ISO files.  This way, users can verify if their downloads are the real ones of if they have been tampered somehow.

This represents a little more complication for the end user, of course.  He or she will have to import the signature and then check that the ISO file matches that signature.  That, in turn will translate in seeing messages like:

Good signature from "aaaaaaa"
WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.

This will disturb some, of course. I can almost hear some people complaining that this is too complicated and that the messages are annoying or scary.  They may even argue that devs shouldn't bother users so much with their inconvenient ideas.

I guess they are the kind of people that will leave their cars open and already started, the front doors of their houses unlocked, and their children unattended because doing all that is extremely inconvenient.

Security and comfort don't seem to go side by side all the time.