I’ve been wanting to give the KDE Plasma desktop a try for a while, so I’ve installed it on my old ThinkPad X220. Initial impressions, I like it, but coming from GNOME, the number of customisation options is somewhat mind-blowing.
Switched my daily driver from Fedora 36 to Debian Bookworm. Fedora has been excellent and I may yet go back to it, but for the time being, I’m back with Debian. Switching from one to the other takes very little time and offers a welcome break from coding.
I’m currently experiencing issues with Firefox where it becomes unresponsive to all input. I haven’t got time to debug it at the moment, so I’ve switched to Chrome. Not happy about it, but needs must.
Webfont Kit Generator
Used Webfont Kit Generator this morning to grab some fonts from Google. Super handy software.
Fedora Server 36 and MariaDB SSH tunnel
This morning, I was struggling to make a connection to a MariaDB database using a SSH tunnel. Turns out my key’s RSA algorithm was the issue, even though its key length is 4096. Guess I should think about upgrading?!
GNOME Extensions Manager
Extensions Manager is a handy desktop app for managing GNOME extensions. I’ve always used the GNOME extensions website in the past, but this app is much better! Discovered after watching Jorge’s Guide to the Ultimate Silverblue Desktop.
First Fedora Linode
jQuery still rules
Interesting episode of CodePen Radio, where the hosts discuss usage of external JS libraries within the CodePen service. SPOILER ALERT (or is it?) jQuery is the most used. Despite the naysayers, it’s still an awesome tool and I can’t see it going anywhere any time soon.
Nextcloud Two-Factor TOTP Provider
Tonight, I have mostly been installing and testing the Two-Factor TOTP Provider Nextcloud app. After reading the reviews I was slightly concerned that it might break after performing a Nextcloud update. As it happens, the instance I was working on was due an update, so I ran the update and everything worked fine. Tested the app with Google’s and Microsoft’s authenticator apps and it works brilliantly.
One of those days
Some days I’m headed in the right directionDierks Bentley
And some days I ain’t even close
Today has definitely felt like the latter. A wicked combination of my own SELinux ignorance and error caching with WP transients has made today a rather frustrating experience. I spent far longer than necessary debugging an error that I’d already fixed. I’m sure there is a lesson to be learned, just not sure what it is.
Fedora server and SELinux ball-ache
Tonight, I have mostly been playing around with Fedora server again. I’ve learnt that I’m not there yet in regards to using it over Debian. I need to get my head around SELinux to stop it from kicking me in the balls.
Fedora 37 Wallpaper
I just updated my Fedora 37 VM and received this lovely new wallpaper. Very nice.
Server upgrades Debian Buster to Bullseye
It’s Sunday night and I’m upgrading a bunch of work servers from Debian 10 to Debian 11. Everything is going smoothly and I’ve only needed to slightly edit some Nginx site configuration files as a result of the upgrade. Love me some Debian.
fish shell and Visual Studio Code terminal
In Visual Studio Code’s integrated terminal the default ctrl+f key binding opens the find/search dialogue. As a fish user, I need ctrl+f to perform command history completion. The default behaviour can be disabled by entering the following into your settings.json file. See: Terminal Basics – Find.
"terminal.integrated.commandsToSkipShell": [ // Disable terminal's default ctrl+f // keybind for fish shell "-workbench.action.terminal.focusFind" ]
bat and batcat
After hearing about it on Late Night Linux – Episode 189, I’ve been using bat as a replacement for cat. It’s a nice tool and definitely better than using cat for looking at config files and the like. Interestingly, when you install it on Fedora the command is bat, but on Debian it is batcat. I’ll end up creating an alias for this, but I’m not sure which I prefer.
Just been informed that a PWA that I’ve built and deployed internally has actually started to be adopted by users — and it works! Nice to know.
Sass import to forward and use
Reading about the @import rule being deprecated in Sass. I guess I’m late to the party and I should start thinking about updating some projects. Note, I currently use the standalone Sass binary on the command line, so I have plenty of time to think.
chsh -s /usr/bin/fish
I’m giving fish shell another try. I’ve used it in the past, but somehow I always seem to find myself back at Bash. So, I’ve changed the default shell to fish on all the systems that I have accounts on. It took a while.
Easy GNOME Terminal colours with Gogh
Playing with Gogh to prettify my GNOME Terminal experience. Lots of nice colour schemes to choose from.
Updated my #Fedora 37 VM and noticed a couple of newly installed packages. TIL:
webp-pixbuf-loader is not installed by default in Fedora 36 and that’s why I’ve not been getting WebP image thumbnails in Nautilus.