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Thoughts on Arch

So I have been using Arch Linux in the form of Archlabs Linux on and of for some time. I have also played with Antegros, Endevour and Manjaro. I tend to linger with Archlabs though. And when on Arch I use i3 as my window manager.

I tend to find Arch with a minimalist WM/DE to remind me of days of yore when I was compiling my own kernel on Slackware and running WindowMaker as my DE. It just seems more tinkery, if thats a word. Low and behold I like to tinker. I like changing themes, modifying config files to tweak appearance and functionality, or just breaking things sometimes and figuring out how to fix them again.

Arch seems to give me the most freedom in all of this. And the Arch Wiki is like having the Encyclopedia Britannica of Linux at your finger tips.

If you have never tried an Arch environment, I do recommend it. I'm not saying do the full Arch install in the masochistic sense. Grab an Arch based distro and give it a go. Again I am partial to Archlabs Linux. Cli installers make me feel


Using Windows Subsytem for Linux 2

So I wanted to start playing around with the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. In the process there are just a couple things you have to do to get going and I thought I would cover them here for easy reference.

First off, you have to be using one of the insider builds to get access. It's not in the current Windows 10 release yet.

I am also assuming you currently have WSL installed. I am typing all the commands in Powershell.

Next you have to enable the Windows Virtual Machine Platform

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform

You can see a list of distros you have installed already by typing the following command.

wsl --list

You should see somthing like this ..

PS C:\Users\timap> wsl --list
Windows Subsystem for Linux Distributions:
Ubuntu-18.04 (Default)

So, first we need to convert our existing installs to WLS 2, this we do with the following. I will use my Kali install as the example.

wsl --set-version kali-linux 2

Do this for each distro installed.

Next, to avoid doing this every time we can set WSL 2 as our defualt using the command. This will make sure every distro install hereafter uses WSL 2 by default.

wsl --set-default-version 2

Finally if you want to verify yout all set up you can run the following.

wsl --list --verbose

This will get you somthing similiar to this showing distros and the wsl version.

PS C:\Users\timap> wsl --list --verbose
  NAME                  STATE           VERSION
* Ubuntu-18.04          Stopped         2
  kali-linux            Running         2
  openSUSE-Leap-15-1    Stopped         2

I hope you find this useful.

Thinking about coding

So I have been thinking a lot, well actually planning on changing careers. My current job, though my employer is outstanding, provides me with feeling of, well, just blah.

I really would love to move towards programming or engineering. Maybe even a hybrid. I've bought myself a year of Codecademy and also have a subscription at Linux Academy which is at a pretty good discount due to my veteran status. I hope both of these will provide me with what I need to get started.

At this point everything is about choosing a path. In Codecademy they have a more generic computer science path, a web development path, and a data science path. I started the Web Development path first, I find HTML remarkably boring. I don't know if everyone does, or if it's just me. This made me look closer at the Data Science path. But in all reality I'm still unsure. Sometimes having choices is not good. I am thinking of doing the beginning of each path to see which one I seem to want to continue the most.

On the Linux Academy side I have started their Scripting Automation For SysAdmins path. I like this since it starts by teaching Vim. On a side note, I am using the Vim editor in Standardnotes to write this post.

So I will publish this post to Twitter and Mastodon, maybe even Linkedin. I hope others will read it and offer me some input or share the path they took. Any guidance would be great. I think the thing I may be missing is a mentor. I know no one else that is either a Linux geek like me starting to code or who can help guide and motivate me.


Pop!_OS go around

So I have decided to give Pop!_OS a go this week. Those people who know me understand it's that I am no fan of Gnome. It's just never made to much sense for me. But I must say that I am liking it quite a bit.

Things that are making it stand out more than usuall to me follow

  1. The theme is outstanding!
  2. The ability to turn on Slim Mode (i'm getting old, looks matter these days)
  3. I love CS:GO and it runs smoother on this install than any other i've had.
  4. Dual monitor setup is easy and super reliable.

I'm actually enjoying my stay here. I really can't get over the look though. It's the nicest visual experience I've had on a distro other than elementary. Here is what I have going at this time, as you can see i'm composing this mid screenshot.

So I think I may hang out here for awhile and see how long I last here. I will append to this as I find more good or bad. Right know I don't have a negative.


So I said it's a super close tie between Pop and elementary. This has changed since elementary doesn't really do stacked monitors. You can work around it, but it's not ideal. So I don't think I will be going back there anytime soon. At least with a multiple monitor setup.

Starting on listed

I jump around within many services. I am a really big fan of But I currently use StandardNotes as my main note taking application and a lot more. So I thought since I am already paying for it, I may as well try their offering.

Listed is built right into StandardNotes and is their publishing platform. We'll see how it goes.