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Losing your root filesystem

Posted 07-19-2011 at 03:06 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

Linux is an interesting beast. By design it is modular, and so as a direct consequence it is very flexible. Its flexibility both on a large scale ( for example scaling for hardware ) and on a small scale ( what it can do ).

Operating systems such as Microsoft Windows however has been designed with a very narrow mindset. This 'target implementation' is a rough fathom of the average user's presumed work: documents, games, file management, etc. Although it would seem to cover most...
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How hard could it be? A login manager in BASH

Posted 07-11-2011 at 08:34 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

As I have previously elaborated, I hat the Gnome Login Manager. To summarise: it is bulky and slow.

I am currently using SLim as my login manager, for it is fast and very customisable. It however lacks a few features I want:
  1. Render of the date and time
  2. An easy way to receive a list of configured commands to for example, turn the computer off ( from now written as 'power commands' )
  3. UI elements to allow the user to turn the computer off without having to first login

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Libreoffice needs change

Posted 07-07-2011 at 12:11 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS) and LibreOffice are massive ( and possibly monolithic ) suites of software. In some ways this makes them just as bad as Microsoft office, but they gain back their credit for being designed with user priority over commercial priority. I love being able to use a fully featured office suite that is more than a match for Microsoft Office, but most of the time I try to avoid having to use the suite because it is large, slow and sometimes unwieldy.

My first and foremost...
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My SLiM style and my Flux keys

Posted 07-04-2011 at 01:34 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Tags feed, fluxbox, slim

This is my third post in the last half-hour. The best way to keep up is to get a feed reader and tell it to keep tabs on this blog's feed, .

Although I have not the most creative nor artistic mind, I was able to create a good theme for SLiM, my new login manager. The configuration files for themes are very easy to modify ( plain text ) and this is what I have come up with:
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Dumping the Desktop Environment

Posted 07-04-2011 at 01:10 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 07-04-2011 at 01:11 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Categories)

A while ago I started using a proper desktop environment ( as opposed to independent window managers ). I did this with the false beliefs that it would make my life easier and that it would encourage more of my friends to try out free operating systems when they saw me using my computer.

Slowly I realised this was not true. Then I read this, and it sealed my fate:

I threw my DE away....
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