I am happy with default bash configs that come in the distros I use, so that means Ubuntu and Fedora. But it is empty on SDF. Which makes me happy, because I’ve always wanted to look at my bash config in more detail.

Do you have a favorite setup? I am going to look at some basics, but I like to see what other people do, and why. ^_^

Setting the hostname in Fedora 18

I didn’t get to install the OS on my new laptop… oh yeah, I got a new laptop! It is awesome, and I will write about it somewhere.

Anyhow, I opted for Fedora 18, and the ZaReason folks installed it for me. It is nice having it ready to go, although it was funny to see some wierd name at the login…

I don’t have complex hard drive setups, so the only thing that I needed to set correctly was the hostname for this new machine. A bit harder than normal, since there were changes to how it works from Fedora 17. However, it is pretty easy to fix with a tool called hostnamectl.

Checking the status shows what the hostnames are set as:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
Static hostname: localhost.localdomain
Pretty hostname: n/a
Icon name: computer-laptop
Chassis: laptop
Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
Architecture: x86_64
[/bash]

My laptop designation is orenji, so I use:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl set-hostname orenji
[/bash]

Then another status shows:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
Static hostname: orenji
Pretty hostname: orenji
Icon name: computer-laptop
Chassis: laptop
Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
Architecture: x86_64
[/bash]

And of course if you open a new terminal, you will see your new hostname in the default prompt:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@orenji ~]$
[/bash]

Gnome 3 is not ready for me

I am going to stick with it a bit longer (mostly because I just set it up), but I’ve come to the conclusion that Gnome 3 isn’t mature enough for me. About once an hour I try to do something, and when I look it up I find an email archive, blog post or doc page that says that element of Gnome isn’t done yet. I just bought this monster of a machine, in part because I realized that I don’t live in a web browser. If I did, I would be happy with a Chromebook.

The problem this creates for me is that I like the Fedora Project, and that is their default flavor. I know there are alternative Fedora spins, but I am not interested in being a second-class citizen, and that is how using those feel to me. I don’t think it is a problem with Fedora, I just don’t think Gnome is in a state upstream that I can appreciate.

I am going to document all the problems I have, though. If there are obvious bugs, I will file them. But I am hitting a wall of the software just not being ready.

Been up to

I am behind on journaling, but not because I am particularly lazy. I find myself staring at my monitor, often without touching the keyboard. The reason is because it is hard to type with a sleeping baby in your arms. That said, I get by.

Anyhow, here is some stuff on my mind.

Emma

Today Emma weighs 8 pounds 11.6 ounces. Everyday ey shows more awareness. Also, everyday I notice things in Emma that I love about Susan. So, that is fun. ^_^

I am working on a site that combines many different feeds, a kind of Planet Emma. No ETA on when it is done, but I have planned it out. It will be the one stop place for all your Emma news, photos and gossip!

Operating systems

I switched from Ubuntu to Fedora. I am still rocking Gnome 3, but for some reason it is a lot more responsive. I think it is less to do with switching, and more with just installing fresh. Of course, Ubuntu doesn’t make it easy to install.

There are some small differences between the distros, though by far the most difficult is the seemingly internet-wide consensus that I am running Ubuntu. I don’t know what kind of hype Ubuntu has generated, but Fedora is surprisingly strong in its repositories. It seems that a lot of interesting software is included in it, whereas Ubuntu required me to constantly add personal repositories to get what I wanted.

I am not going to call it until I’ve had more time to play, but I think I am done with Ubuntu for good. Besides the personal issue of this computer just not working very well in it (which is justification enough, of course), I keep getting this sense that Ubuntu, or really, Canonical, is getting more and more creepy everyday. I do not support such behavior, and I am tired of trying to change my computer and finding a constant deluge of drama surrounding whatever stupid design decision someone at Canonical made.

Drupal 7 migrations

I have three clients running Drupal 6 at the moment. None of them are particularly easy to upgrade. However, I’ve been doing extensive research into how to best do so.

Something that I will write more about is the Omega theme framework, as well as using Delta and Context to make some really agile and cool looking sites.

One thing that I’ve gotten used to is setting up a development environment where I’ve learned to use git and Features to speed up testing and deployment.

Nexia Tactics

I am participating in NaGa DeMon this month, and of course I have lots of ideas to dump onto the (digital) page. The goal is to get Nexia Tactics in playable form by the end of the month.

Having a goal has been really helpful, since it forces me to really choose what I feel strongly about. Turns out there is a lot, but when I research how other games are made I lose sight with what I want to build. Since working on it this month I’ve come to a decision on how I want the narrative to form, and what the in-game assumptions are; it isn’t exactly orthodox high-fantasy, but it is close. I like to think of it as if I got to create D&D 4e, but was unrestrained by the animation and video game influences I have.

I know that is going to push some people away, but I think that it will allow for a greater spectrum of gameplay than 4e. I have two weeks to show it off.

Moving along

I want to expand on each of these topics, and more… but Emma is waking up, and since it is 4:30 in the morning, I should start considering sleep myself. ^_^