Debian Stretch Desktop Update

I’m giving my Debian Stretch drive a little attention and running updates.  It’s home is a 1TB 7400 RPM hard drive and serves as home to my personal and server backups as well as this machine’s Steam library.

Currently I’m running Peppermint 8 on my main SSD drive and Ubuntu 16.04.3 running i3 on my testing drive.

Side note Bryan & Matt answer my cliche question on The Lunduke Show (YouTube).

Lastly, if we lived in the dystopian future of 2037 where only only one Linux distribution survived I hope it would be Debian. (see 7:13 of the video above)

git and pomodoro

Today I’ve been playing around and finally learning git which it turns out is pretty damn easy if you already know a little bash. I’m also trying out GNOME’s Pomodoro timer to keep me on task.

Tonight’s i3 desktop

Source: Wallhaven.cc

I’m starting to feel more at home in i3 Window Manager and using the mouse almost exclusively for web surfing with the occasional adjustment to tile widths and floating window placement.

I still refer to the i3 reference card from time to time.

This isn’t the first time I’ve tried i3; Previously, I’ve used it in WattOS Microwatt but didn’t stick with it very long due to my netbook’s painful performance.

This time around I started with my primary desktop’s testing drive a 10 year old 5400RPM laptop hard drive reclaimed from a broken down MacBookPro that I use for distro hopping.

However, i3 combined Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and on my hardware makes this an a responsive experience. now a couple weeks in I still have no plans to remove it.

Recent adjustments include

Adding Redshift to my i3 config set to autostart based on my city’s location and the local time.i3 bar is themed based on Ubuntu’s Color Palette.

To do items

  • Set Mod keys for Firefox, pianobar, htop, ranger, gimp, and cmus
  • Set color theme for Mod+d menu