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Just got a Numark Mixtrack running through Mixxx, an open-source DJ program, and with a Behringer mixer thrown in the mix, I am ready for my gig!

Mixxx is great, though I wish it could detect key signatures… oh well.

Mix installs straight from apt-get or pacman, but on rpm-based distros you’ll need to compile from source (not a big deal)

(Arch users, be sure to get the kernel module: sudo modprobe snd_seq_midi)

There’s no need to pay for thousand dollar software just to blare some tunes, just use Mixxx!


Just installed Arch Linux on my laptop, and am head over heels in love with it. Previously I had to install slackware instead due to UEFI compatibility issues, but on my laptop such things went fine. The command-line network manager is intuitive and easy to use, pacman is the best package manager I have experienced. Arch Linux is also the only “advanced” distro I’ve used which had practical gnome 3 support, which sealed the deal.

The installation process was not easy in the least, but after the port-compiling nightmares of getting xorg running in FreeBSD this felt like a breeze. WiFi card works out-of-the-box, ATI drivers didn’t give me any static, and pacman got gnome3 and xorg in minutes. After installing the rest of my regularly used software, such as xchat, Google Chrome, and VLC, the total install is still around 5GB. Would definitely recommend. The only issue I still have is that the WiFi network manager won’t connect to the gnome3 GUI interface for it, though fixing that is under way.

However, my love for Arch isn’t based in its performance, but in its philosophy. The Arch Way is precisely the way I envision programming and development should be, and is the future of computer science. Patches on top of patches may work to produce behemoth 50GB operating systems like Windows 7, but they will never perform as optimally or elegantly as a patch-free done-right-the-first-time OS like Arch Linux or FreeBSD.

Although I was blown by all else, I was appalled by Arch’s community. More “advanced” distros are notorious for their stuck-up users, which are exactly who I encountered upon seeking help on their Freenode channel. The documentation was very complete and well-written, so I was able to avoid asking for help too often, but doing so was not a pleasant experience.

More on the Arch Way:

(P.S. I wrote this article in Vi, just for whimsy)
(or at least the first draft, I unfortunately do not know how to publish directly to wordpress via command line)

Vi or Emacs is an essential for those planning to use GNU/Linux or BSD for any length of time.

I used to think otherwise, but Vi has just such amazing commands, like movement between corresponding parenthesis, on-the-fly macros, and just more efficient control in general.

The “awkward” goes away instantly if you just pretend “command mode” is the same as holding down the CTRL key.

this is the best guide I’ve seen on Vi:

FreeBSD server is up!

just took a computer from the back room my parents haven’t turned on in years and turned it into a fully functioning ftp and ssh server with FreeBSD.

I had some issues with the CD drive and biostar motherboard not liking each other, but after installation all is well. Network and graphics card drivers worked out of the box, so all is well. (I know this isn’t GNU/Linux, but FreeBSD is similar in both license and structure so I feel it’s ok to blog about on here).

I would definitely advise taking that old PC you haven’t used since Windows ME and installing FreeBSD, if nothing else just to have a guinea pig for learning about UNIX-based operating systems on. You could also use it as a personal VPN, extra firewall, or package filtration machine since it was just sitting around anyway. The community is helpful, and all is well-documented, so even for a new user it’s not hard to get into!

for Debian based distros, I’m not sure if APT is an abbreviation for Aptitude, or an acronym for “Advanced Packaging Tool”.

I’ve heard both, but this will drive me nuts for eternity if I can’t find an answer

The good people of Freenode’s #Slackware IRC channel dedicated inordinate amounts of time and patience to teaching me the necessary skills to use a more advanced GNU/Linux distribution, and I am posting this from that install. The problems were solved by appending “apci= off” in lilo.conf, and upgrading to the latest kernel from (end of day 2)

Setting wicd as the information source for KDE’s network manager solved my last wifi issues, so I could move my tower back to my room. I have mixed feelings about slackware’s package manager, slackpkg. The search function (slackpkg search ___) is extremely helpful in solving problems finding what packages are called or whether they exist, but little software is available, and I have yet to see installpkg work.

I love Linux, and I’m the type who really enjoys the frustrations of setting up Linux properly, but frankly, I don’t have the rest of my life to tinker with Slackware. After 4 hours, I should have a bootable OS. I only managed to get to KDE twice, and now KDE gives some kind of error upon ‘startx’. Would not recommend Slackware unless you are an absolute Linux God.


This will be my 3rd OS running on my desktop… here goes nothing!

First time doing a 100% command line install


I was a bit weary on upgrading via Fedup as opposed to a physical disc, but with the exception of having to reinstall Google Chrome, the installation went smoothly. The first features to stand out were in the GUI (I run Gnome):

-There is no longer an apps drawer option at the top; these is now a button to reach the apps drawer at the bottom of the favorites pane

-apps drawer has category labels along right side, which when clicked will filter the list

-New icons for file explorer, look simplistic and elegant. I want to say they look Windows 8-ish, but they are more elegant and 3d-ish

I will follow up with a longer, more in-depth post after I’ve used F18 for longer and for more purposes, but tentatively it’s looking great!

I am down with the spherical cow (will also learn the story behind that name)

-Intentional or not, scrolling feels much smoother