Category: GNU/Linux

  • Arch Linux on TP X220

    Arch Linux on TP X220

    I’ve decided to give Arch Linux a try and went on to install it on the Lenovo (IBM) Thinkpad X220 (Sandy Bridge i7). I have, once again, used LVM over LUKS (over the Crucial M4 SSD) and Gnome Shell. Here is a short summary of what I have found to be quite practical. I recommend […]

  • Hotkeys for fast window switching

    Hotkeys for fast window switching

    One of the features I’ve really been missing in Gnome 3 (and Gnome 2, too) for a long time is the ability to directly jump to a given window by using a key combination. Some other desktop environments offer such a feature per default: Unity uses META+[NUMBERKEY] as it maintains a globally unique window order […]

  • Fedora 16 on TP X220

    Fedora 16 on TP X220

    I’ve recently bought a Lenovo (IBM) Thinkpad X220 (Sandy Bridge i7) and installed Fedora 16 onto it. I’ve used an encrypted (LUKS) LVM containing my root, swap and data partitions which I’m very satisfied with. In this post, I’ll gather things that might be of your interest for this hardware-software configuration.

  • Slow DHCP with Network Manager

    Slow DHCP with Network Manager

    If you’re experiencing a delay when connecting to an IPv4-only network (LAN or WLAN), you can inspect whether your distro is setting IPv6 configuration to “Automatic” on the first connexion attempt (this is true e. g. for Fedora 16 and openSUSE 12.1). If so, and if your DHCP server (e. g. the router) does not […]

  • Auto-Detecting AHCI PORT 0 Hang

    Auto-Detecting AHCI PORT 0 Hang

    During my latest experiments with LVM and LUKS in diverse combinations, I’ve encountered a very peculiar behaviour: after I’ve setup my MBR partition table and rebooted, the PC hung itself at POST, saying Auto-Detecting AHCI PORT 0, to which my SATA HDD was attached. The only way to pass POST turned out to be either […]

  • openSUSE 12.1 Tips

    openSUSE 12.1 Tips

    I’ve recently installed openSUSE 12.1 x86_64 with KDE4 on my desktop PC, using LVM on an encrypted (LUKS) partition set. I’m quite content with it (and really recommend relying on some good full disk encryption — by now, it is fully transparent to the user). Here is a summary of little tips I’ve gathered since.

  • My Dvorak Diary, p. I

    My Dvorak Diary, p. I

    I’ve decided to change my life. Substantially. I’ve decided to learn the Dvorak keyboard layout. No, if you’re thinking about black and white keys now, you’re quite wrong there. I don’t mean Antonín Dvořák [ˈdvor̝aːk], I mean August Dvorak [ˈdvɔræk]. I’ve been a QWERTY touch typist for quite a few years now. My “default” layout […]