Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gentoo use flags

If you are using Gentoo one of the first things you need to do when you are installing (emerging) software is to define the use flags. Use flags are recepies for the system, which tell your Gentoo box how should it build its software. You can of course put all your use flags in /etc/portage/make.conf but the downside of that approach is that you will literally get all the use flags built as global features in every single package you compile with emerge. So, if you want to make a robust Gentoo box and reduce the packages size you will probably find yourself enabling use flags individually for every single package you will install. Continue reading

Fluxbox essentials and Darkone theme


Definition of Fluxbox (from

“Fluxbox is a windowmanager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code. It is very light on resources and easy to handle but yet full of features to make an easy, and extremely fast, desktop experience. It is built using C++ and licensed under the MIT-License.”

Fluxbox also comes by default with a simple panel, which has capacity to show open windows, workspaces and opened windows.

Darkone (GPL) theme for Fluxbox

First, some screenshots from the theme and its wallpaper. Continue reading

Pacman essentials (Arch Linux)

If you are using Arch Linux then here are some basic terminal commands, which you can use to control control Pacman (Arch’s package management program). Continue reading

Change backgrounds using Nitrogen

On many occasions I have mentioned a program called  Feh, which is a picture viewer and a great background setting tool. As good as Feh is on a lightweight desktop, sometimes a user might wish for a graphical alternative to it. That is where a program called Nitrogen comes in. Nitrogen delivers a graphical solution for the wallpaper management. Here is a screenshot from the program’s interface. You can usually find Nitrogen from your package repositories. Continue reading