Monday, January 30, 2012

KDE 4.8 hits Arch repos

Finally, two or more days after announce in more popular blogs such as WebUpd8 and OMGUbuntu, KDE 4.8 hits my nearest arch mirror. So I decided to update and see what's new and improved in this long awaited version.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gobohide kernel patch

You probably have heard about GoboHide kernel patch ? If not, here is the short story:
GoboHide is an idea for redesign of linux directory tree in a more user friendly way. The trick is to patch the linux kernel with a user specified list of directories, that should not listed and returned to the user if directory listing is required ('ls' command for example). The readdir() kernel function is then patched to look into this list and if an entry found, then it is just skipped. Very tricky...
The origin of GoboHide comes from GoboLinux and is well described here.

MoonOS screenshot, featuring new directory structure

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The long way to AmeLinux

AmeLinux is my idea for Arch Linux based distro. AME is acronym for Arch Made Easy. In the begining this was only a project for MacOSX like Desktop environment - AnticoDeluxe (see herehere and my old blog). I can not continue coding for this project, but I will start a new rewrite very soon.

OpenSuse 12.1 and Tumbleweed vs ArchLinux, part 2

Here is the rest of my short comparison:

Package updates Very often, about every day Rare.Tumbleweed repo is
updated more often,though.
Comunity support Large and friendly Very large
I want a customized iso? You can build it yourself with
Archiso. It is not so easy,
but doable :) You will find it very powerful

Use Suse Studio
It is a mater of some clicks and voila.
Customization is very limited and
Package Management is like a hell
There is also kiwi (like archiso).
I haven't tried yet.
ARM support Yes, see ArchlinuxArm Yes, but there are limited support
with Kiwi builder and no support
with Suse Studio

That's all. I think I will stick with ArchLinux for a while as it is more powerful and more customizeable. And I will try to create a separate repo, keeping packages for about a 3 or 6 monts for stability, and only applying patches, if needed at all. Just like Canonical made Ubuntu :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

OpenSuse 12.1 and Tumbleweed vs ArchLinux, part 1

Today I will compare side by side two of my favorite distros : ArchLinux (current) and openSuse 12.1. Both of them are fast and have quite recent software packages. There are many differences, though. Read them all

Linux Kernel3.2.13.1 (3.2.1 available as update in Tumbleweed)
Boot speed
(Compaq 610)
very fast,
under 20s to KDM
comparable fast,
about 20s
Package managerPacman
there are several GUI
haven't tested yet
zypper, rpm,
there is YAST GUI, not so nice, though
RepositoriesCentral repos + AUR
all in one place
Central repos + various OBS
There is also a Packman repo,
containing most closed source packages, also
Tumbleweed and more. All in all,
very bad design; There is web interface
to OBS, which helps at some point;
If a package
does not exists in
You can create user package
very easily and build it yourself
via mapkepkg command

There is OBS, and as I said,
with web interface,
OBS has very often downtimes
and failures, though.
Despite this, OBS is great,
you can build a package
(like kernel)very quickly in the cloud
saving your own machine
Settngs utility
Mostly none, all is done by hand in various config files YAST - for most of people
(including my boss :)
it is perfect configuration tool
I dont like the way it looks,
openSuse devs could make it better

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Best way to get started with ArchLinux

I really like ArchLinux. But it is very hard to install for me. Just because official iso does contains only very limited subset of base packages without any GUI. This requires to know what to install and how to install. Then it comes many adjustments and tweaks to make it all work.

Fortunately, there is an easy way. Just go to and download Archbang. This is fully featured ArchLinux, tweaked and customized for you. Ready to run in livecd mode and also install on your computer. Archbang does come with very basic GUI, though. GUI is Blackbox WM and limited, but functional desktop environment like panels and app menus.

Cool, eh!
Just to get started.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My new blog. Read how to make the most exiting linux distro more stable and ever productive.