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This blog is to document my progress with Linux and programming in general. I started off trying to fix my computer which led me down a road of great intrigue into Linux and programming. From this, I also developed a passion to document what I do for two reason; first is to have a history of what I have done and second is leave the possibility open for feedback and suggestions or even simple discussion. Feel free to email me or send me a message on here. I can also be found on twitter, mastadon, manjaro forums, arch forums, and IRC all of which I have the same handle.
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Posted 04-21-2019 at 08:56 PM by schulidr

It has certainly been a while since I have posted to the blog on here or anywhere for that matter. I can't even recall what exactly I had last written about since the last post. Nevertheless, I am writing again to update a little on what has been going on lately in my little Linux world...

As previously stated, since I don't recall what I last wrote about, some of this might be repetitive. I have a feeling most, if not all of this will be new. Anyway, I made a decision to go for a minimal install of my beloved Manjaro with an i3 desktop. I wanted to get closer to operating in an environment with nothing but the command line to use.

The install wound up giving me way more packages than I thought I would get so that was a little disappointing. Is it really something to be upset about? Not really. So I continued on with the install, choosing a solarized theme (I really seem to enjoy the look of the theme and it's incredibly easy to read so I stick with it). This was a deliberate install intended to leave me with my final "Single-distro Daily Driver". My partition scheme was a simple one with /boot; /; and /home each having their own respective partitions. I also created another small partition for saving my timeshift backups. This suited me comfortably as I continued to look into CLI applications that can replace all my GUI applications that I use regularly.

My usual temptations began when I started looking into other distros that are unique and fun to fiddle with. It may sound odd but I enjoy a computer that I need to tinker with in order to get it to work. Sparky Linux came across my radar because it offers binaries to install an actual Common Desktop Environment (CDE). For those of you not familiar, this was/is? a desktop used in Unix systems for quite sometime. I ran a rather complex system like this for a while with work, but was really only trained on how to run the program and I didn't know much about Unix at all at the time. Anyway, it was a Debian based distro, which I hadn't had too much time playing with at all, so I decided to give it a go.

Before modifying my partitions again I wanted to think about what I really wanted with my setup. I had decided at one point that this would be a single distro daily driver and now I am considering dual-booting it again... Would this insanity continue? I knew I would want to continue to tinker but I didn't want to try and share a home drive and all that business again. I also knew that I wanted to give LFS another shot at some point, probably sooner rather than later, so I started to think about everything I might possibly want to do with this laptop and how I would need to partition it...
I knew I would want partitions for these things:
  • Manjaro
  • sparky
  • LFS
  • test distro
  • test distro
  • centos
  • backups
  • swap
  • efi
  • home storage

Ten partitions is kind of a lot but it's also nothing crazy, so I took the plunge and settled in the reality that I will probably always have at least one computer with a crazy partitioning scheme like this just because I like to try different stuff out and I think it's fun. I get comments constantly on how crazy/stupid/illogical it is and all I can tell those people is that I know my setup isn't perfect, but it's what I'm trying at the time for one reason or another. I do however always welcome discussion on whatever I'm doing, because everything is a learning opportunity.

I made the partitions and started installing. Manjaro was spared as it was already on a partition designated for it's root. I made a backup of my /home drive as well because I would be resizing it. I created the new partitions I needed and mounted everything required for manjaro. Here is my final parition scheme
$ lsblk
sda       8:0    0 931.5G  0 disk 
├─sda1    8:1    0   512M  0 part /boot/efi
├─sda2    8:2    0    20G  0 part /
├─sda3    8:3    0    20G  0 part 
├─sda4    8:4    0  24.4G  0 part 
├─sda5    8:5    0   700G  0 part /home
├─sda6    8:6    0    83G  0 part /backups
├─sda7    8:7    0     8G  0 part [SWAP]
├─sda8    8:8    0  25.3G  0 part 
├─sda9    8:9    0  25.6G  0 part 
└─sda10   8:10   0  24.8G  0 part
My final partitions are as follows:
  1. EFI
  2. manjaro
  3. sparkylinux
  4. LFS
  5. /home
  6. /backups
  7. /swap
  8. fedora 29
  9. arcolinux
  10. centos

Manjaro is the daily driver with a full CLI environment. I use firefox for some web browsing and such but other than that, I only use the command line. I will post about that system at a later time. Sparky is my Debian based play distro. It offers a binary install of the CDE so I use it for that. Very nostalgic and fun to play around with. Linux From Scratch is a work in progress. I am close, but not quite there...

Fedora 29 stems from the Centos; I want to get Red Hat Certified Architect under my belt. I know it's a ways off but it's a long term goal, so I figured Centos would be a good little system to test out that kind of stuff. Fedora is kind of the test bed for red hat so I feel like it's not a bad idea to have a system to use to keep up with their structures and changes and whatnot. Arcolinux is an Arch based system that leans more towards the developer. I thought it would be a good system to test stuff out that I could later use in my manjaro setup.

That's it for now. Comment if you want; I'm more than happy to chat about anything Linux really. I love to learn and even more, I love to engage in discussion. I'll leave you all with a screen shot of my customized refind boot screen from this setup!
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