Didn’t Want To

Didn’t feel like nor did I want to run today. Well, I actually did want to run, but wasn’t planning on because the [incorrect] weather forecast said it was going to be cooler and, being the wimp I am, was planning on the stationary bike for 45 minutes or so. But clearer heads prevailed and I put on a couple light layers (it was in the low forties), laced up my running shoes and went for about a 35 minute run. Glad I did it, now I feel better for not giving into my slack-ass nature. Sometimes, you just have get out there and do it and stop coming up with [lame] excuses.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Amazon Echo – Multi-Room Music

Recently, I don’t know when, Amazon added Multi-room Music capability to their Echo devices. Basically, if you have multiple Echo devices, in different rooms, you can, once you set up the group, stream the same music to them all at once. This is a great feature and, to be honest, something that should have been available from the start. However, it comes with a price; it eats up your WiFi bandwidth. I found, through some very basic, unscientific testing on Speedtest.net that when not streaming to all my Echo devices (I have 3 Echo Dots) at once, I had the speeds that I expect (and pay for).

When I streamed across all three devices, there was an approximate 40% drop in bandwidth.

So, if you’re doing other things (like writing a blog no one reads, downloading large Linux ISOs or working) on the ‘Net while streaming to all your Echos, you may feel that degradation in speed.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Installing Fedora on System76

About

This is about what I went through to install Fedora 27 (XFCE spin) onto my Gazelle system76 laptop. For those not aware, system76 provides hardware that ships with Linux (Ubuntu) instead of Windows; which actually results, depending on what you order, a system just as powerful as the usual suspects (Dell, HP, etc.) but $200-$500 cheaper because you don’t have to pay for Micro$oft Windows (yes, you are still paying for Windows when you buy from those others).

Background

So, as I mentioned earlier, system76 systems (that sounds redundant) comes with Ubuntu. For me, that lasted all of 30 minutes before I replaced it with something else. That wasn’t an easy task. With the newer Skylake processors, kernel 4.x is needed. That left distros like CentOS out the question with its 3.10 kernel; oh, it would some how install completely, but on reboot it would croak. Plus, that Gnome2 UI (think it’s Gnome3 now, but still the 3.10 kernel) just wasn’t for me. Native Debian behaved similarly. So I jumped between various other distros, such as Mint (which I view as Ubuntu with a green color scheme), wattOS (which uses LXDE, a session-managed Openbox, but still based off of Ubuntu). SparkyLinux, another LXDE distro based of the “testing” branch of Debian, wasn’t too bad. There were some others in there as well. The last one, before attempting Fedora, was system76‘s Pop!_OS. Pop!_OS uses a somewhat customized Gnome3 desktop and Ubuntu repositories. I’ve never been a fan of Gnome3. Maybe because I’m used to DEs like XFCE and Openbox where you can right-click on your desktop and get the applications menu right there, as well as being severely limited in customizing; things as simple as date/time formatting, had to find an extension for that. I did “try” to use Gnome3 for a while, but I could never get used to it. So, this is how I got to Fedora.

About Fedora

Fedora is basically a bleeding-edge distro based off RedHat (actually owned by RedHat).

Installation

The initial installation didn’t go to well. I got through everything until the end, when it attempted to write the boot loader, which it failed. Having installed countless distros of Linux, I can’t say that I’ve run into that all to often; OpenSuSe may be the one other distro that had that issue. Through some digging around the ‘Net, I found that the reason may be that the BIOS wasn’t set to UEFI. I normally don’t set my BIOS to UEFI and don’t recall on this system whether or not it was set to that or not. So, I set my BIOS to UEFI and the installation, after creating the requisite /boot/efi partition, worked flawlessly. One of the faster installs, to be honest.

Initial Boot & Login

The initial boot went fine until I tried logging in as a non-root user (who really logs into a system as root anyway?). The screen would flicker and then take me back to the login screen; as root I could log in fine. So I went to the console level, logged in with the non-root account and executed startx. As soon as XFCE came up, SELinux started giving all sorts of messaging about access my $HOME, reading $HOME/.cache, reading some other directory in $HOME, etc.

SELinux

I read/followed how to set up a policy to be OK with that, etc., but after about the fifth one, I went to find how to disabled SELinux, or, at the very least, dial it down. Initially, instead of flat out disabling in /etc/selinux/config, per recommendation from various readings, I set it to permissive. This resulted in not being able to boot at all. That’s not entirely true, it would boot, but a lot of the services would fail to start. This resulted in me having to boot into single-user mode and set SELINUX=disabled in /etc/selinux/config. This worked like a champ and booted up in record time and allowed me to log in. SELinux has been around for a while and while it has it’s purpose, I don’t know that it’s necessary for a home system. I suspect why SELinux was so upset about my $HOME was because it wasn’t encrypted. To me, it’s just a bit overkill.

Conclusion

After working through the above, everything worked as I expected. In the past I used Fedora almost exclusively, right around the time RedHat turned into the Micro$oft of the Linux world and RedHat was no longer free. After a while I started using variations of Debian, with some dabbling with Slackware and OpenBSD (and FreeBSD) of which requires a lot of hand-holding, patience, time and good code compilation error troubleshooting skill. I’ll have to get used to using DNF (Dandified yum, next-gen fork of yum) again versus Debian’s APT. Syntactically, they’re close and I’m not exactly new to using dnf.

That’s it. That was my, not so problematic experience installing Fedora on my system76 device.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

People Complain

People complain …

… about global warming and/or climate change, yet still drive vehicles that operate on gas.

… about the super rich (i.e., the one-percenters), yet still buy the products and services they provide.

… about the ineptitude of politicians, yet continue to vote for the same people (usually from the same two, corruptible parties) time after time.

… about neck problems, yet are continuously looking down at their cellphones.

… about drunk drivers, yet are perfectly OK with bars, sporting events, concerts serving alcohol and allowing those people get behind the wheel of a car.

… about speeding, yet cars are designed to go well over 100Mph.

… that members of the House & Senate are in office too long, yet don’t believe term limits should be imposed on those offices.

… that politicians are bought and paid for (which they are), yet don’t think that lobbyists should be outlawed nor that there should be a limit on campaign contributions.

… that they are out of shape, yet live sedentary lives, don’t exercise, eat manufactured food (heavily loaded with salt and sugar) and believe food or drink with the word “diet” attached to it is actually good for them.

… they don’t get to spend enough time with their families, yet continually work 80+ hours/week including weekends.

… about people using their cellphones while driving, yet don’t think cellphone manufacturers should “turn off” those devices when it detects movement of greater than any human could walk or that cars be equipped with signal blockers.

… they’re not connected any more, yet spend a good portion of their time on “social” media interacting with people they don’t even know and will likely never meet.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Thanks, Guys

Maybe it would be better if people kept a 5-10 foot buffer between themselves and anyone they happen to be personally interacting with; especially between men and women. That way there would be no grabbing of ass, breasts or other body parts. And those freaks (Louis C.K.) who found it perfectly acceptable to masturbate in front women because of who he was (because he’s no longer now), should not go out in public. What the fuck is wrong with you people?!?

The unfortunate side-effect of these so-called “revelations” (everyone fucking knew, but lacked the spinal fortitude to say anything) from Hollywierd (and the entertainment industry at large) is that everyone, women especially, think that all men act this way, which is simply not true; as the saying goes, “a few bad apples, spoils a bunch.”

So that I don’t inadvertently offend or make any woman feel uncomfortable, I now avoid directly looking in their general direction and go out of my way to avoid interacting with them in any way (giving them a wide berth; crossing the street, path or sidewalk; or turning around completely and going a different direction). Thanks, guys, really appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Assholes!

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Links