It looks as though Fedora may be getting a new partition manager.  Now, you might be thinking that this new partition manager will replace the much-unliked partition manager in Fedora’s Anaconda installer, and from the looks of it, you might be right.  However, it seems that blivet-gui will be a replacement for the venerable Gparted tool that Linux users are familiar with.  The reason?  Gparted (along with some other well-known partition managers) doesn’t support a lot of the newer storage technologies available.  While I’m sure that Gparted may eventually support it (if it is still under active development), blivet-gui looks to function similarly to Gparted to provide a level of familiarity to users.

Personally, I love Gparted and I also use CLI tools like cfdisk and parted when necessary.  Also, these tools are available in practically every distribution out there as well as the BSD flavors (AFAIK).  If blivet-gui does a good job at maintaining the intuitiveness that Gparted provides, then I believe it would be a major improvement compared to the current partitioning utility that’s used in Fedora’s installer and I welcome it with open arms.  That said, I hope that some of these improvements will also go back to the Gparted team if they haven’t already taken the task to support those storage techonologies that blivet-gui aims to support.

If you’re running Fedora 20, you can install blivet-gui and give it a test run by following the instructions on the developer’s blog.  You can also find some more screenshots there, too.


A very happy birthday to the Linux kernel which turns 23 today!  You’ve come a long way, baby!

Here’s an article from The Mukt about it.


So, it hasn’t been as long as the last post, but long enough to be looked upon with shame for not having updated this page in a while.  But that is changing (at least for today).

A few updates…

  • Linux Basement, the podcast I co-hosted for some time now with Chad Wollenberg, has officially locked the door and the key has been thrown away.  It was fun while it lasted, but due to scheduling conflicts and just life getting in the way, it became increasingly difficult to get together and record episodes.  Thus, we’ve quietly let the podcast fade.  However, I will be recording episodes when time permits for Hacker Public Radio.  You can do a search on the site for ClaudioM for the episodes I’ve contributed.
  • As before, I’ll only be posting technology-related stuff and nothing to do with my personal life.  That said, I will be changing the subtitle for this site from my “ramblings” to something else that will surely not be clever at all. 🙂

With that, I give you my screenshot from Friday.  It is FreeBSD running on an HP tc1100 tablet PC with the MATE Desktop Environment.  The GTK+ theme is Numix but I’ve tweaked the configuration files to use green colors (and, thus, Numix-Verde was born!).


I’ve yet to upload this modified theme to anything, but I hope to do so soon with the latest version of Numix.

Some of you are probably saying, “C’mon, Claudio.  If you’re going to be tinkering around with FreeBSD, why not put a real environment on there instead of MATE?”  Well, here’s the same HP tablet running i3 instead.  Heck, I even ran ratpoison on it for a while, but i3 was the most usable tiling window manager for me. (BTW, MATE runs surprisingly well on this old hardware….I could never say that about GNOME 2.)


So, there you have it.  Hopefully, I’ll have some time in the coming weeks to post something a little more interesting than screenshots.  Hopefully…..

Another Year….

December 2, 2013

It has been a long, LONG time since I’ve posted anything on here. I know that I’ve said that I’d keep this up to date and I have failed, but not without a good excuse. That excuse is life and it always seems to be getting in the way. That said, it hasn’t been another year since this post, but it’s another year of life for me as of yesterday. Between that and Thanksgiving with my loved ones, less of my time has been dedicated to online, nevermind this blog.

But here I am again, so I’ll do my best to keep things up to date. I promise! <_<

CISPA is Back…

February 13, 2013

We all knew this was going to happen.  Well, now it’s happening.  The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is back on the table this week (today, to be exact), and this version looks to be identical to the previous version introduced before Congress some time ago.  If you care about protecting your privacy, especially from corporations who will get to keep their privacy while sending your personal information to the government.

We all stopped CISPA once, we can all stop it again.  Please be sure to sign the petition and contact members of the House Intelligence Committee listed in the link below.

Yes, the Rich Corinthian Leather has returned in Episode 72 of Linux Basement! We discuss Fedora 18, Microsoft hate, Steam+Ubuntu love, Intel’s departure from desktop mobos, and even celebrate MIDI’s 30th birthday! We also plug Jonathan Nadeau’s Sonar Project. Check it out at the following link or subcribe via iTunes or the RSS feed.

Sonar Project

January 28, 2013

Please support a friend of mine and friend of the free/open source community, Jonathan Nadeau, with the Sonar Project. This is a project to bring a fully accessible operating system based on GNU+Linux that is both free-as-in-cost and free-as-in-freedom (meaning you can legally share, modify, and install as you wish).

This project is not just for blind and low vision people, but for people who struggle with dyslexia and learning disabilities as well as accessibility for people with low motor skills and quadriplegics. Please take the time to watch the video and support this project however you can.

Sonar Project Indiegogo Page:
Sonar Project Website:
Sonar Project Blog: