1Password on Linux

These days there are plenty of Password managers out there, all providing the same base promise; making you more secure by using random password for each of the accounts you have. Obviously this has one caveat, where you have “keys to the kingdom” scenario where you only have to watch that one account, and if it gets compromised, attacker would have access to all of your accounts. Going into that debate though is beyond the scope of this article....

June 21, 2021 · 2 min · Ivan Tomica

Cleaning Flatpak Data

So today I’ve been looking at the disk space usage and observed rather peculiar thing; my ~/.var/app/ folder was around 30GB in size. Upon further examination I’ve observed that the disk space usage is generated by the Lbry flatpak application which stored its cache of downloaded videos there. What’s rather weird is that this app was removed from my system like month ago. It turns out that, by default, when you uninstall the app, its configuraiton and cache will stay behind unless you specify --delete-data flag....

June 13, 2021 · 1 min · Ivan Tomica

Secrets of the Linux process - ProcFS

You’ll be amazed how much things you can learn about the process on the Linux system by exploring and poking around /proc/. ProcFS in Linux is a special filesystem that contains various information about the system, processes running on the system and allows you to adjust some of the things by writing directly to those files. Among many other things it contains folder for each process running on the system, named by its PID....

March 27, 2021 · 2 min · Ivan Tomica

BTRFS - Perfect Filesystem With Trust Issues

BTRFS - the filesystem that was first introduced in 2009, back in the days of Linux 2.6.x kernel. It came with a promise of being this modern filesystem, for the modern age. Packed with all sorts of features that were traditionally being considered as part of the “Software RAID” or “Volume manager”. To this day, it is being considered by many, as a “ZFS for the Linux world”. My first encounter with this filesystem was way later, when it was already considered pretty much stable....

February 7, 2021 · 8 min · Ivan Tomica

OpenSUSE – great distribution for someone that’s not me

Last month/year I decided to challenge myself and embark on the journey of using OpenSUSE to give it a fair chance to become my daily driver. It is really hard to say if I’ve given it a fair chance, but during the journey I’ve learned OpenSUSE is not the right distribution for me. I have tried both Leap and Tumbleweed release, and long story short, Leap is using rock-solid packages which are also quite old, while Tumbleweed is on the bleeding/cutting edge, and oh boy, did it bleed!...

January 23, 2021 · 2 min · Ivan Tomica

Spicing up main desktop

Yesterday I decided to give Cinnamon a try on my main desktop. My main desktop runs Fedora 33 Workstation edition and I have been fully enjoying GNOME on it. It is modern, simple, and yet, quite fast on my machine. So, why the change? Things got boring. This is great on machine that has to be rock-solid, and Fedora Workstation edition has been just that for me over the years (ever since Fedora Next - around release version 20)....

January 16, 2021 · 2 min · Ivan Tomica

Updates on OpenSUSE Leap

So I’ve started this wild wild OpenSUSE ride and already posted some initial impressions and gripes I had. Some problems were just too annoying for me so I decided to reinstall and go with OpenSUSE Leap instead. In initial impressions article I’ve noted that backlight is not persisted accross the reboots. It seems that Leap has no such issues. It persisted backlight percentage on reboot, no issues whatsoever. It also seems to that the wifi re-connection is quite faster....

December 29, 2020 · 2 min · Ivan Tomica

Switching to Leap

This is a short update on the progress of my OpenSUSE experiment. After initial fiasco with OpenSUSE Tumbleweed I decided to switch to the Leap. Reason being, Tumbleweed is not so “stable rolling” after all. My expectations, from marketing and everything, were that OpenSUSE Tumbleweed is basically like Arch, but more stable. I’m sad to inform, this is not really true. In my experience, Arch has always been waaaay more stable....

December 28, 2020 · 1 min · Ivan Tomica

OpenSUSE observations and initial gripes

As noted few days ago, I decided to give OpenSUSE another chance. This time, for at least a month, and then give it my final judgement. I’ll likely write about motivation for going on this journey down the road, but for now, this is update on what has been weird for me on OpenSUSE side of things and the things that got on my nerves in this past few days....

December 27, 2020 · 6 min · Ivan Tomica

Starting the OpenSUSE journey

I’ve been trying OpenSUSE throughout the years, at least once or twice a year, and there was always some set of annoyances with it so I could never stay on it permanently. This time, I have decided to give it my best shot and see if I can use OpenSUSE day to day, for at least a month, and document those annoyances (if any) properly, so when asked a question; “What do you hate about OpenSUSE so much?...

December 24, 2020 · 1 min · Ivan Tomica