linux

nologin vs false
2020-03-05 3 minutes #linux #security

When disabling a user account on a Linux box, it is good practice to also change the shell to something which, well, isn’t a shell. The point of these shells is rather than presenting the user with a prompt to execute further commands, it returns a failure code, and log out the user.…

macOS - A Linux Guys Perspective
2019-10-01 7 minutes #linux

For the last four years, I’ve been spending every working day off a Dell Optiplex. With an after-market SSD upgrade, and a little extra memory, it makes a pretty good work machine. When it comes to needing to work away from my desk, it’s a little annoying having only a desktop.…

My first arch install
2019-05-29 4 minutes #arch #linux

I’ve been an arch user for many years, and a linux user for even longer, but I’ve never installed arch from scratch. I was an Antergos user for many years, but after its demise, I needed an alternative. In a previous post, I spoke of attempting to install vanilla arch from scratch on my laptop.…

My Stack - 2018 Edition
2018-12-31 5 minutes #linux #arch

Last year, I wrote My stack 2017, and now it’s time for a follow-up. A year is a long time, and my day-to-day stack has changed quite a bit since then. # OS I’m still an Antergos user, and have no sign of changing.…

Repairing GDM and Bluetooth Audio
2018-02-13 #linux

Bluetooth audio is great! I’ve had a pair of Bluetooth headphones, Sony MDR-XB950 BT, for around a year now, and the ability to listen to music without cables is amazing. But, I can only use the Bluetooth parts of this with my phone, because on Linux, it just sounds terrible.…

My Stack - 2017 Edition
2017-12-31 5 minutes #linux #arch

As a software engineer and perfectionist, I have my machines set up in a very specific way, so I can do my job properly and have everything just the way I like it. Thanks to my dotfiles, I have everything syncing up between machines, meaning the tools I use are configured correctly, the same, everywhere.…

Make QT look less ugly
2017-12-27 #linux

As anyone who’s used an application written with the QT UI framework will know, they don’t always look the best, and certainly don’t fit in with the rest of your desktops theme in the way GTK does. Certain themes support styling both GTK and QT applications, however most don’t.…

Revert Arch linux packages to specific date
2017-09-11 3 minutes #arch #linux

I’m one of those Arch users who apparently doesn’t use arch properly: I install updates daily, including packages from the AUR. This has the great benefit of giving me the most up-to-date packages available from upstream. However, the downside of meaning I have the latest packages from upstream, meaning if something breaks, even temporarily, it breaks for me.…

Fix steam under linux with an iGPU
2016-09-19 #linux

Running steam on linux is great, besides the triple-a game support obviously. But running it on an iGPU has recently been causing me problems, mainly under Arch. # Stacktrace: jake@***:~$ steam ~/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 154: VERSION_ID: unbound variable ~/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 154: VERSION_ID: unbound variable Running Steam on antergos 64-bit ~/.…

Yoga Pal
#linux

Once I started work, I bought myself a Lenovo Yoga 3 14” laptop, because I needed a thin and light laptop for trains and the office. This came with windows, which within 10 minutes was running Ubuntu Gnome! Ubuntu greatly increased the performance, but I had to sacrifice all the screen, touchpad and keyboard customization when changing ‘modes’.…

My Dotfiles
#arch #linux

Dotfiles are a way for people to store settings and preferences to make setting up a new computer that much easier. I use both my laptop, desktop and work machine almost every day, and want them to be set up in an almost identical way.…