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Void Linux (musl) on the Huawei MateBook X Pro

I recently returned from a 3-week trip to Broome to escape the awful Melbourne weather. The first week I worked remotely and the latter two were holiday. A week before leaving I acquired a new laptop: a Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018). In the days before heading off I worked to set up the new machine into a state that would allow me to perform all my work duties. I wanted to take the new laptop as it is considerably lighter and smaller than the XPS 15 it’s replacing. Continue reading

Announcing Desktop Institute

Since publishing, A Tiling Desktop Environment, I’ve continued to think about the topic, absorb the comments I received, try out some of the suggestions, and poke around the code bases of some existing window managers and Wayland compositors. This weekend I set up a new website to document the thinking and research I’ve been doing. It’s called Desktop Institute, and has a fun domain: desktop.institute. Check it out for a more info on what I have planned as well as a roadmap for future posts. Continue reading

A Tiling Desktop Environment

I’ve been thinking about graphical shells recently. One of the great things about open source desktops1 is there is a plethora of choice when it comes to graphical shells. However they seem to fall into two camps: Full featured desktop environments that stick to the conventional stacking window metaphor. Narrowly featured window manager based environments that include tools like tiling window managers often optimised for efficient keyboard use. I am currently using the second of these through the [Awesome window manager][awesomewm]. Continue reading

Two Years on Linux

This is the sixth post in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. The previous post in the series recapped my first year away from Mac OS and my move to FreeBSD on my desktop computer. The search for the ideal desktop continues and my preferences evolve as I gain more experience. In this post I summarise where I’m at two years after switching away from Mac OS. Continue reading

A Year Away From Mac OS

This is the fifth post in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. A bit over a year ago I wrote about my search for an alternative to Mac OS and switch to Linux. In this post I reflect on how that year went and detail some further adventures into Mac OS alternatives. January 2017 — Linux All The Things After originally choosing to use elementary OS full time I grew frustrated with some aspects of the system and switched to Arch Linux. Continue reading

Replacing a MacBook Pro

This is the fourth post in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. Part 3 was about finding replacements for some of my favourite Mac productivity apps. My migration away from Mac OS X is still going well. I rarely use Mac OS anymore. The one remaining application I’m yet to find a suitable replacement for is MoneyWell. Update 30 March 2019: I have discovered Buckets and will be trialling it as a MoneyWell replacement. Continue reading

Being Productive on Linux

This is the third post in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. Part 2 was about my experience with elementary OS and the switch back to Arch Linux. I received a lot of great responses to the last post, thanks to all that commented, emailed and shared the post. I’d like to particularly call out the comment that Daniel Foré, the founder of elementary OS left on Reddit: Continue reading

Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X — Part 2 Video

I gave a short (10 min) talk at work on my adventures with Linux. It covers the same core content as the post, Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X — Part 2. Continue reading

Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X — Part 2

This is the second in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. Part 1 was about evaluating 13 alternative operating systems and then choosing one to use full time. The selected OS was elementary OS. The motivation for this change is to get access to better hardware since Apple is neglecting the Mac lineup. Continue reading

Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X

This is the first in a series on finding a replacement for Mac OS X. Background I have used Mac OS X since the public beta and use it at both home and work. I’ve also run various Linux distributions and BSDs since around 2000, so am quite familiar with them. In April 2016, dissatisfied by the lack of MacBook Pro updates (and performance of Ruby) I had a custom PC built for work. Continue reading