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Problem importing keys for Spotify on Arch Linux

Spotify’s been giving some grief as of late when trying to upgrade it on my Arch Linux System. Actually, who am I kidding, I’ve actually been having a handful of issues with GNOME since the last major upgrade. More on that once I figure out how to fix some of […]

reflector.service exists in filesystem (owned by reflector-timer)

I’ve been a bad Arch Linux user recently. Even though I speak highly about being able to run the most cutting edge software, I’ve been slacking and didn’t run an update for a while. This was primarily because I didn’t really feel like having to figure out any problems that […]

swapon: swapfile has holes

While I do absolutely adore Arch Linux, it wouldn’t be Arch without running an upgrade and having a problem crop up out of no where. This time around, the issue showed up after a reboot when I saw the following error scroll past before I was presented with the GNOME […]

Fixing an Arch Linux system missing vmlinuz

I run into my fair share of “gotchas” as an Arch Linux user. I also stand firmly that I’ve always ran into my fair share of “gotchas” running Linux in general. In fact, I’ve even run into my fair share of “gotchas” on both macOS and Windows systems, so maybe […]

Unable to upgrade ttf-google-fonts-opinionated-git on Arch Linux

From time to time a routine upgrade on Arch Linux ends up causing me a bit of grief. Fortunately, I do like a bit of chaos from time to time and the opportunity to solve problems is why I got into software engineering to begin with. This particular issue was […]

How to fix ugly Chrome window borders on Linux

So I’m back to dabbling with Google Chrome as my main browser, backpedaling somewhat on last year’s [yet another] switch to Firefox. Technically I’m running Chromium, the less Googley version of Chrome on Linux, and Google Chrome stable on Android and Chrome OS. This isn’t a post delving into why […]

Installing `pacman` breaks dependency replaced by `yay`

Even though I’ve been using Arch Linux for a few years now, from time to time, I do run into small issues that are unique to Arch. One such issue happened when I was trying to upgrade my system, only to be blocked immediately with some sort of dependency mis-match […]

Undervolting the New Dell XPS 15 7590 on Arch Linux

I have a love / hate relationship with Arch Linux. I love the simplicity. I love being able to install everything via my system’s package manager. I love running the oh so shiny and new versions of my favorite software. I hate the seemingly semi-annual issues I have after I […]

Installing Linux on the New Dell XPS 15 7590

As much as I love my System76 Galago Pro, I have been wanting to upgrade to a system with a higher screen resolution (not just the overall size) as well as get into a rig that had a newer processor. Sure, I could have opted to stick with System76, but […]

How to install packages from testing on Arch Linux

The reason I have stuck with Arch Linux and have looked past the issues I’ve had with it, is because of the availability of newer packages without the need of additional package mangers. That said, I started working on a new project recently, and wasn’t quite ready to move things […]

How to downgrade Terraform to 0.11.x on Arch Linux

The latest minor version of terraform, the 0.12.x series, dropped recently and in true bleeding edge Arch Linux fashion, I’m already running it. Thing is though, the latest release of terraform, even though it’s a minor point release, does include breaking changes from the 0.11.x series. If you’re running Arch […]

Hibernate laptop on lid close with systemd-boot on Arch Linux

Want to start this post off by thanking my buddy Dean for writing this great guide to setting up hibernate with Arch Linux. Unfortunately, when I went to consult this post the other day to get things setup on my Galago Pro his site was down. Funny enough, it was […]

How to install YakYak on Arch Linux

YakYak is my favorite desktop client for Google Hangouts. It has a clean and familiar UI (with different themes), is cross platform and usually runs pretty well. It’s an Electron app, so if that’s a problem for you, this may not be the client for you. I currently run the […]

Improving the feel of the System76 Galago Pro's trackpad

You may remember that I had said that the System76 Galago Pro’s trackpad is garbage recently. I still stand by this as I’ve been spoiled by Apple’s Magic Trackpad which for years now, they’ve nailed the user experience with. Fortunately running Linux means getting under the hood and being able […]

System76 Galago Pro (14") Review

Hate to start off this post somewhat negatively, but if you’re only here to leave a snarky comment about how I overpaid for a crappy Clevo machine, you can save yourself the time. That said, System76 does in fact sell machines from OEM/ODM Clevo and brands and supports them. It’s […]

The problem with dark mode in macOS Mojave

If I still used MacOS as my daily driver, I’d be absolutely over the moon about dark mode being announced for Apple’s next macOS release, Mojave. It’s great that this feature is finally being added, but it’s very much “too little too late” if you ask me. For those unaware, […]

How to install Firefox Developer Edition in GNOME on Debian Stretch

Haven’t said much about it, but I’ve recently moved back to Firefox on all of my devices. Nightly on my phone, and Developer Edition on my computers. The installation on Arch was a piece of cake (as expected) but on my iMac running Debian 9 (Stretch) I had issues with […]

Unable to open GNOME settings on Arch Linux after GNOME upgrade

Often times I blog about topics because I want to make sure I have a record of an issue and how I resolved it. This is one of those times. As discussed last week, I recently made the switch from Debian to Arch Linux. The biggest draw for me was […]

Debian is stable

I can hear you now… “No shit Josh! Debian’s one of the most stable Linux distros [sic] they even main their main branch ‘stable’!!~!” In my quest for bleeding edge software, specifically, the latest version of Gnome, I lost sight of that simple truth. With that, Arch crashed for the […]

[FIXED] Radeon kernel modesetting for r600 or later requires firmware-amd-graphics

Since I have been thoroughly disappointed with the stability of Arch Linux on my iMac recently, I decided to get my ass back over to Debian. What caught me off guard when I finished the install and rebooted was an error that I had never seen before: Radeon kernel modesetting […]

oci runtime error after upgrading Docker on Arch Linux

Sat down to knock out some blog posts recently and when I ran docker-compose up to get my blog up and running locally I was faced with a pretty aggressive error: % docker-compose up Starting joshtroniccom_blog_1 ... Starting joshtroniccom_blog_1 ... error ERROR: for joshtroniccom_blog_1 Cannot start service blog: oci runtime […]

How to downgrade to the LTS Kernel on Arch Linux

I’ve been all over the place recently in regard to my love and/or hate of Arch Linux. I absolutely love the minimalism of the base install and the availability of packages. What I’m hating is that I’ve been running into some really weird system lock ups that seem to be […]

Corporate vs. Community in Open Source Software

Earlier this year I went all in on Arch Linux. I had long desired a rolling release system that would provide me with the latest and greatest software that the free and open source software community had to offer. And it’s been about 3 weeks since GNOME 3.26 was released […]

Fixing an Arch Linux system that is booting into emergency mode

File this under “crap I want to document in case it happens again later”. So while in the middle of working today, my MacBook Pro running Arch Linux (recently clean installed) decided to lock up on me. Pretty sure it was Firefox Developer Edition that did it, but that’s for […]

Confessions of a distro hopper

Hi, I’m Josh, a born again Linux user that somehow became a distro hopper. Sadly, I’m not entirely sure when I had lost control. If you look at my track record prior to switching back from OS X last year, I had only really used two distros (Slackware and Ubuntu) […]