I have been using Antergos Arch on my laptop for about 20 days now and I’m still going strong about using it. The system, codenamed Synapse, boots in about 25 seconds, including password input, to desktop ready state (Desktop environment, Conky and Plank).

Antergos Arch, I used the Cinnamon version for my laptop, did not need much change from my part to fit my needs, only the much needed settings changes, some software install/uninstall and partial iredesktop tweaking. It’s only shortcoming was the absence of a Bluetooth applet, which can be easily be bypassed using the Terminal commands for Bluetooth connections.

On the software side of things, my first changes were to uninstall just three applications : Chromium Browser, Xnoise and Totem video player. But I went on to install the following :

Firefox Browser
VLC video player
GIMP for image manipulation
Conky (from AUR)
Guake dropdown terminal
and Archey3 for some Terminal ASCII art

And that’s it, for the time being not much else is needed in terms of software (and I believe more would mean bloat).

Some other changes came in the form of applets, extensions, desklets and themes for Cinnamon. I installed Weather and Places applets with the Maximus extension. When it comes to theming Cinnamon, I manually installed a couple of dark GTK3 themes along with the following Cinnamon Spices, constantly changing between :

Dark Void
iOS (personally tweaked a bit)
Numix Frost (came preinstalled)

Thus coming to my latest desktop :

Leaving Google behind…

When I first decided to quit every aspect of my online life, one of the steps was to leave Google and all it’s products behind.

But… when I created this blog, I wanted to track the page hits and visits. One of the tools necessary was Google Analytics, so I linked my @bytesoup mail with Google, and afterwards started using Google Hangouts and Google Plus for the whole of my communication. Also Android needsĀ a Google account to use it on it’s full potential. So this “necessary” evil turned me back to my old habits.

As I have now found a way to check my blog through other means, I have left Google Hangouts and Google Plus behind and have been using Firefox both on my desktop and Android phone, the only thing tying me with Google is the Play Store. But I have decided to use an alternative solution, F-Droid. I believe leaving behind the easiness of some of Google’s products will need a getting used to process (which will be documented), but I think it is worth it. The only product I am going to miss is the personalised Google Maps.

On this process, I will also change my search engine to DuckDuckGo.

P.S Facebook stays installed mostly for communication reasons.

Site Tweaking

Minor tweaking no1 : I integrated some social sharing buttons in ByteSoup today, as you can see in the bottom of this post, so if anyone cares to share my rantings feel free to “Push the Button”.

Minor Tweaking no2 : Also automated posting in my various social accounts, currently Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for now.