Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Using Ubuntu Studio even though it's bloated

I was using the stretch version of antiX and it was okay, I even got digimend and AzPainter to work on it but one day I noticed something was a little off after an update so I decided it was time to change. I do a lot of distro hopping because I haven't found one yet that is the best fit for me and what I do. There are basically no art centric distros outside of Ubuntu Studio and Fedora Design Suite. You can take any distro and just customize it to fit but I mean, there's none intended for art straight out of the box.

The benefit to using Ubuntu Studio is as follows: it's safe and easy because it's ubuntu, and you don't have to download much because it already has almost every creative program you need (maybe even too much). I got to say I don't like how it looks at default so I changed the desktop environment and the window manager.

Wine works on it (I couldn't get Wine to work on antiX) and so I have JUMP PAINT 64bit working.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dual booted Windows10 and Manjaro XFCE

LINKS
  • https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
  • https://manjaro.org/get-manjaro/

Dual boots usually need secure boot to be disabled. For the dual boot to work it's usually better to have Windows installed first then a Linux distro installed alongside afterwards. The default settings or whatever usually spilts the HDD (or SDD if that's what you're using for the OS'es) in half. Linux will overwrite the boot manager with it's own (grub) so it will boot first and allow you to select Windows at boot when you want it.

On my laptop I'm now running antiX (stretch) and both GIMP 2.10 and azpainter works on it now.

https://antixlinux.com/download/

There's $30 120gb SSD from  brands like Crucial, Sandisk, and Kingston right now so I managed to get my hands on two (a $28, and $25 Refurbished). I had two Western Digital HDD fail. One failed in a year and the other one failed within a week, practically out of the box, so I don't know when I'll ever get another. The sad part is not having enough space for everything so I'll be backing up my files externally.

It hasn't been a fun experience unscrewing and ripping out the broken HDD and replacing them with SSD but I have to say, the icy dock dual tool-less ez-fit lite bay made my life a lot easier. Popping everything in felt like legos on hardmode. HDD give a lot of space but they're hard, heavy, and seem to heat up much more than SSD in addition to being slower. I don't think I'll ever go back to HDD.
Just some stuff for my personal reference (or yours if you're interested in it!) since I've been tinkering with my computer a lot trying to get the best performance out of it. I recently tried to install Arch Linux then Arch Bang to no success : ( then went back to lubuntu. I might retry later or go to a different distro if I get antsy.

Making a bootable USB:
https://unetbootin.github.io/

How to boot from USB:
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-access-advanced-startup-options-in-windows-10-or-8-2626229

Disabling Secure Boot:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-secure-uefi-dual-boot/

What I WAS using on my laptop because it's lightweight:
https://lubuntu.net/downloads/

Other artist oriented linux distros probably for desktop computers:
https://labs.fedoraproject.org/en/design-suite/
https://ubuntustudio.org/

UPDATING FROM GIMP 2.8 to 2.10 from Terminal : !!

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp

UPDATING / INSTALLING DIGIMEND TABLET DRIVERS !!!

$ git clone https://github.com/DIGImend/digimend-kernel-drivers
$ cd digimend-kernel-drivers
$ make
$ sudo make install

UPDATING / INSTALLING AzPainter!!!!

$ sudo apt gcc make libx11-dev libxext-dev libxi-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev
$ git clone https://github.com/Symbian9/azpainter.git
$ cd azpainter
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install-strip

NOTE: Sometimes trying to get it via "git clone" doesn't work and if that haappens just delete and start over from the tar.gz or zip file.