The Daily Trifecta

gotwf
August 4, 2016

Worksations are typically customized to perform various specialized tasks but three apps stand essential: A text editor, web browser and terminal. The daily driver trifecta.

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Taking My Programs With Me, ii Captain!

Halfwit
July 20, 2016

ii…​ Captain?

I’ve always held a strange affinity for ii, the insanely simple filesystem-based irc program. I could never place it, nor could I ever fathom actually using such a thing - it has far fewer balls and whistles than anything I’d go for, out of the box. But filesystems. File servers, really - I’ve spent some time researching operating systems, and Bells Plan9 (from outer space ;p) uses file servers, union mounting, namespacing and a few other tricks to great success. It facilitates unprecedented levels of simplicity in program design, and runtime flexibility. That’s stuck with me, and ii has as well.

Flash forward a year or two. This idea - this paradigm-shifting idea (in my mind) that I want to be able to use the same damn thing on my desktop, on my phone, on my tablet, on my laptop, on my fuckin' TV, on a toaster (you can see where I’m going) - pops in to my head. This should be possible, we’ve had x11 forwarding for years now. It’s really so very close to what I’d want, with one fundamental issue. We use all of the aforementioned devices differently; be it with a keyboard, remote control, gamepad, touch input, the list really doesn’t stop there. (voice control…​ trailing off in thought…​) X11 forwarding somewhat stops being useful at that point. Touch control on the tiny, tiny buttons that are sent over from my desktop would be abysmal. Really. So I started iterating over ideas, and I think I’ve stumbled on to something that may very well do the thing, with the thing, to have the thing. (citation needed)

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Flirting With Voidlinux

gotwf
July 16, 2016

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside. If you’ve just arrived by way of prism, the rest of us have completed a freshie ZOL enhanced Voidlinux minimal install that’s ready to build out for workstation duty. Yippie yi yo kiyah!

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Steppin' Into the Void

gotwf
July 10, 2016

No shit - there I was…​ Searchin'. Searchin' here…​ searchin' there…​ Searchin', searchin' everywhere…​ for a systemd free Linux platform that checked all my boxes. I’d all but settled on Gentoo when this musl’d up halfwit happened to mention Voidlinux. Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot?! Yet another new Linux distro? Nope. Turns out Voidlinux has been around since circa 2008. Hmm…​. worth a look, says I!

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