Whaat? you use LiNuX??? aRe yOu sOmE hAckER?

No that’s not how it’s to be perceived, people confuse the term hacker if you mean “someone who is playfully clever” heck yeah, I love tinkering stuff, not just computers. (Desktop GNU+)Linux is not something hard, infact your Android phone runs Linux right now.

GNU/Linux ≠ Ubuntu. Ubuntu uses the Linux kernel.

Android runs Linux (Android+Linux) So it’s not something new or something that is only for the ‘geeks’

What I’m concerned is with the GNU system found in an easy to install complete packages like, PureOS, Arch, Ubuntu and such called distributions.

I am certain one day Microsoft will replace Windows’s NT with the Linux kernel Into something like proprietary Android OEM ROMs - they will never care to release Windows as free (libre) software.

Even if you don’t care about any of this. Privacy, user liberty and freedoms still matter. As long as we live in a free society. Evil companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple want to have control over you by their proprietary operating systems running nonfree software.

For example, if you buy a generic computer. 1 out of 9 of them in the whole world, run malware like Windows or MacOS out of the box. Further, teachers at school teach, from a young age that this is the normal. That children have to use these proprietary locked ecosystems.

  • Writing a document? Use Word and .docx
  • A Presentation? send me your .ppt
  • A file to share? Send me your gmail I’ll send it to your Google Drive.

You get the point. Most users don’t know about open standards like RSS, WebDav and the ODF’s .odt, .odp. and .ods that work perfectly fine with any software suite. Something everyone should be using.

I love a clean minimal desktop.

GNU/Linux gives me the Freedom to get my perfect look ~ this is what I meant by ‘hacking’

A clean minimal desktop with a purple wallpaper

A clean minimal desktop with a purple wallpaper

blurrr

blurrr

For me Privacy>FLOSS>Security

Security sucks on GNU/Linux, yeah I know but keeping your guard and having a generic threat model should be fine. Just don’t be dumb. I assume you would be using this as your personal computer of sorts.

Presto here it is..

I use Manjaro KDE, it’s the perfect combo of fast updates, an easy rolling distro, lightweight compared to Ubuntu and the AUR is brilliant. I clean install it on an SSD and keep swap off.

Browsers

I run Tor, Brave and Firefox Nightly.

Apps

PWebApps>Flatpak>AUR>Manjaro repo»AppImage>Tarball>Snap

I get apps in this order. AppImages are the best, in my opinion for new users. Otherwise I use Brave and add electron apps as progressive web apps. Please don’t natively install spyware like Discord, Slack, Spotify, Teams resort to using their Use their web apps

On a fresh install of Manjaro download this apps.sh script and run it in the terminal.

It’s a list of apps I’d recommend.

A Noob’s script

  • Click here to Download and save this script. Say yes if it asks if you save this file or not if asked.
  • Press start
  • Type ‘konsole’
  • Right click copy and right click paste this ‘cd Downloads/’
  • Then right click copy and right click paste ‘sh apps.sh/’
  • done.. it’ll start.

Or type this.

bash

and then

sh -c "$(curl -sL https://polarhive.ml/blog/how-i-do-my-computing/apps.sh)"

ONLYOFFICE

As my office suite. If its something more heavy I use LibreOffice. But as I’m not into report writing.

Telegram

For videocalls, minimal cloud storage, usually notes, photos and links I keep and of course texting.

NextCloud

For syncing my school work and actual cloud storage.

Shell

zsh

Text editor

VSCodium from the AUR.

Video editor

Kdenlive

Hugo

For this static Markdown/html blog.

This article is a work in progess.