Skip to main content

Laptop Reborn

Maybe it was the limited 512MB ram, maybe it was the rather slow Celeron 1.5 GHz processor, maybe because I didn't spend time tweaking it, whichever way it was my old laptop was really crawling under Fedora 9. Hearing that Fedora 10 is so much faster I was kind of tempted to try it out. But when I think back I haven't got much time to upgrade and tweak my laptop all the time, I decided to just go the bare minimum way. I decided to go back to Arch Linux. Back home.. :) It'll take some time to get it exactly right, but I know once it's exactly how I like it, it can stay that way for a very very long time but still updated due to Arch rolling release life cycle.

So I wanted something light. Very light. If possible no Gnome or KDE. So that's what I've got myself.. :D Installed xorg with Openbox. Fuh.. now finally my laptop loads under 1 minute again. In the end my desktop consist of openbox for window manager, wicd as network manager, docker as a dock manager, lal as clock in the dock, volwheel for a mixer, pcmanfm as the file manager and urxvt as a terminal emulator.

Learned quite a few stuff too while looking for the lightest software to run. One of them being audacious. I hate xmms. But I don't want to install amarok or even rhythmbox neither due to their rather heavy kde and gnome reliance. So after googling through the arch linux forums I found audacious. It uses gtk+ so selecting which files to play looks very good but still kept very lean and mean.

Another suprising discovery was wicd. I wanted a good network manager. I must admit gnome-networkmanager spoiled me a bit and I don't really want to have to go through the whole iwlist and iwconfig route anymore. Again the arch forums gave a hint about wicd. The interface is drop dead ugly compared to gnome-networkmanager but it works quite well. It automatically detects wifi ap and connects to them once the profile has been created. And since most of the time it just sits in the dock so you forget about the ugly interface after a while. At least till the next time you have to create another profile.. :P

I found out even the gnome-terminal has spoiled me a bit too. Now xterm looks pretty ugly to me. The fonts are so retro. I want beatifully rendered anti-aliased fonts. Again the arch forums and wiki came to the rescue and pointed me in the direction of rxvt-unicode. It can do a lot of other stuff apart from anti-aliased font (like unicode, transparency, and lots of other stuff) but I don't really need them all that much. I just need to be looking at smooth curves all the time. That's all... :D

So finally now my laptop is able to load up fully in under 1 minute and running everything I need to do my job, even mysqld and httpd. I'm happy.. till next time.. ;)

Comments

Anonymous said…
while Arch Linux is a fine choice, I do suggest upgrading the RAM as currently it costs only RM40 for 1 GB SO-DIMM DDR-2 or RM60-70 for SO-DIMM 512MB DDR. Considering that laptop is not going to see any further improvement, I feel it is the best upgrade b4 finally going into retirement. BTW, yes I run Fedora 10.
msian_tux_lover said…
Dude, you can also try to use BMP (Beep Media Player) the parent software Audacious forked from.

#Anonymous, there is no reason to spend extra if the notebook computer is not used that often. After all, GNU/Linux is great to resurrect old and given-up-for-dead computers. :D

Happy New Year to all.
Anthony Paul said…
amazing !!! good work. keep it up.
find bestechub.com/best-travel-laptop/ from here.
Thanks for sharing the post related to windows life support. If you are having issues related to the Windows Live Mail Help then, get the technical support from ET Solutions LLC.
Thanks for sharing the post with us. Bring your laptop reborn and fix Why does it say my printer is offline resolved from Printer Offline Fix and resolve the issues.
TechFix.ae said…
This is such an incredible asset, that you are giving and you part with it for nothing. I love seeing websites that comprehend the benefit of giving a quality asset about laptop. CCTV Installation Dubai

Popular posts from this blog

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Yesterday went to Low Yat to buy my cousin a sub RM 1500 notebook. Of course with that kind of price tag it would have to be a netbook jelah. Anyhow, I was short on time so I didn't get to browse thoroughly. Just went for one quick round around level 2 and picked the one that I thought would fulfil his need. The thing is, as soon as I stepped out of the lift there was a shop that sold the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 for only RM 1199. I was suprised. Just 1199. I couldn't believe my eyes. With original Windows XP and all. RM 1199. I thought there must be something wrong. Better survey first. So went around level 2. There was nothing that could match that price. Most of the other netbook from acer, asus and lenovo even was around RM 1600. So I decided I'll just go with the Dell lah. But to tell you the truth if I had money to buy for my own use, I'd go with the Lenovo Ideapad S10. Fuh.. she's one sweet mama... Smooth rounded curves, slim white profile. Pergh.. But anywa…

Installing Centos 7 on HP G7 Server

When I first initially tried it, the installer cannot detect any local hard disk to install to. After much googling found out that it was because a certain driver for the Smart Array Controller is no longer available on Centos 7. To allow for use of the new driver on old hardware, you need to enable the option. Once the DVD has booted and on the first menu screen, highlight the first option and then press tab which would bring you to a command line where you can add additional parameters to boot. Add the following parameters: hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1 hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1 And then press enter to boot. You should now be able to install as you wish. After installation, on the first boot, make sure at the menu, press 'e' to edit the parameters and add them again. Then once booted, go to /boot/grub2/grub.cfg to permanently add the parameters to the menu. Refer to http://serverfault.com/questions/611182/centos-7-x64-and-hp-proliant-dl360-g5-scsi-controller-compatibility and it&#…

haproxy on Centos 7 with SELinux

Setting up haproxy and varnish with reference to the configuration from these sites: http://sharadchhetri.com/2014/12/20/how-to-install-varnish-4-version-on-centos-7-rhel-7/ https://www.upcloud.com/support/haproxy-load-balancer-centos/ And finally can access plone on the server. But when I check the haproxy status, only client1 can be accessed. All other clients were down with general socket error, permission denied. Googling a bit I finally found out it was due to SELinux. Refer to this page: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26420729/haproxy-health-check-permission-denied With the solution from that page, I installed policycoreutils-python and tried to run the command given: semanage port --add --type http_port_t --proto tcp 8081 But that command failed with the error that the port was already defined. When I looked it up using: semanage port -l | grep 8081 It belonged to some other type (transproxy_port_t). When I tried to delete the type using: semanage port -d -t transpro…