Moved from Ubuntu to Arch

 

Intro

After 3 years with Ubuntu on my laptop HP 6730s, I finally decided to switch to something faster and more reliable(I will talk about this some more)

Some history:
I was an old Gentoo user before and I was using it on my desktop machine. After I got my laptop though I knew that Gentoo is not so suitable for laptops(the compilation is killing them) so Ubuntu seemed like a nice choice. Something that just works out of the box is so important for laptops – i.e. I don’t want to configure my wireless for hours.

The problems I had with Ubuntu:
  • It tries to hide the system from me. This really annoys me – I want to be able to configure my system by hand sometimes and don’t want to find out that some service that I don’t know about, started by Ubuntu, is autoediting my config files every now and then :(
  • The performance is bad – as I am mostly working with java applications and I feel them slow. I am not sure who is to blame for this but the other computers I have deployed on are working better.
  • It’s not using a rolling release model which makes me pray and fix my machine every new release.
  • Some packages are old because of the “official” release model.
So after the latest problems which I had with NetworkManager i finally decided to switch to something better. I couldn’t find why, but my machine was booting like 2 minutes and messages poped up, telling me it’s because of the network manager.
So far Arch seems stable, far faster(you cannot imagine), boots in 30 seconds with all services up. It just feels right.

Installing ati drivers for HP Compaq 6730s

I have a new laptop HP Compaq 6730s. It seems that the drivers from the official kubuntu repository are not working :( . After I installed xorg-driver-fglrx and wanted to restart X – it locked. So I had to revert the xorg.conf from safe mode. Today I had the time and tried again with the official binaries from ATI and for now they seem to work really well. I enjoy the desktop effects from time to time and I can finally watch video with a mode different from sdl :) . The new laptop is really faster than the nc8000 which I had up to now. I can now open 2-3 different windows of eclipse with different perspectives in each and work really fast :) . Almost everything that I tested work in the laptop like wireless, microphone, camera, video, audio so if you want to buy a laptop that is supported by Linux 6730s is a nice choice.

ScribeFire – my new blogger editor

      This is the first time i write from ScribeFire – my new choice for blog editor. I tried almost every client out there for Linux(since i am using kubuntu) and they were all buggy for me. For example

  • I didn’t manage to configure kblogger-kde4 – the damn thing couldn’t find my posts and entries
  • Blogtk didn’t even start – it wanted gtkhtml2 which python couldn’t find and after I installed it I got a ValueError in a property named “name” and I was too tired to look at the code.
  • Divel – which I didn’t like at all :)
     I just installed ScribeFire and i didn’t have a problem with it and I also like the interface it has mostly anything. It seems that the browser will really become my desktop in a year or two. I am not sure why, but the homepage is not working for ScribeFire. Fortunately i managed to configure the plugin and it is working really nice. The interface is pretty slick and the I can see the KISS principle everywhere :) .