New laptop finally here!!

So finally got my new laptop, thanks to my employer, I am the user of a more modern hardware with good speed both on the processor, ram and storage speed. There are still some customization to be done, since the original order was targeting a 1 TB IDE and a 250 GB SSD. After some options came around, I end up with a 250GB and a 250 IDE disk.

The laptop is a Dell Latitude E6410, with some average specs. The point wasn’t get a state of the art, but just a few months of productivity. Plus the performance goes way up when I am runningĀ ArchLinux. I installed Archbang, followed some Youtube videos with OpenBox, and then installed KDE 5.

The good thing of getting a not so cutting edge laptop is that most of the hardware worked. Even the special keys, wifi, and such. Still think it was a pleasant install, and the performance was great, even the keyboard felt nice.

The biggest To-Do right now is finding a harddisk caddy to enclose the original IDE disk and have the double disk on the laptop in spare of the DVD unit. For the moment I am using an external USB-enclosing disk.

External Caddy for the IDE disk.
External Caddy for the IDE disk.

I’ll write some update if I can get it finally done with the internal one:

Internal disk
Internal disk

Getting ready for the next big Open source event

So just a few weeks from the Latin American installfest called FLISOL.


The event happens across all Latin American countries including Spain and Brazil. Is primarily in Spanish although most of the maintaining crew of the servers are Brazilians.

Originally the event happens on the same day however due to many schools having breaks they decided to push/advance the event from the target day.

In Cancun we are in charge of the local FLISOL. We will do it on the designed date and we are gearing up to have a great audience. Thanks to many of the contacts that have been giving us support we were able to promote it on many different ways from school to business, media types and word of mouth.

A funny picture of the GNU horns and beard as I pose after the interview from the local TV station.Image

We hope to generate the same traffic from the last time we went around with the event. For more information about the event go to

Hopefully this time around we have more business and professional audience.Image

Liveblogging my arch installation

So my harddisk died a few days ago šŸ˜¦

I have been using a USB dongle to get online and try to get as much work done as possible, but the issue is that that having a laptop with a usb dongle hanging can lead to accidence that can ruin the performance of a ‘live system’. So instead I got the crazy idea of having my phone SD as the live system and enable it to run my laptop.

Since this is temporary and is a good excuse to learn more about linux, I finally made a transition to a more power user environment. So I am trying ArchLinux.

So far the IRC channel and Wiki have been pretty helpful but one issue I find, is that this is no regular installation but a more custom that I originally thought.

First surprise is that I was suggest against just making a live SD card, and instead do a traditional installation into the SD (no Live environment). The main reason because of the persistence issue. Persistence mode is a way to have the environment on read only. Which means that all the configuration will go away on reboot.

Another issue is because my setup is not that straightforward I need to guess which route should I go. So far I founded 3 different pages:

  • Installation Guide
  • Installing to a USB Key
  • Installing from another distro

So far it seems that each has their own method. I had to go with the third one, although I had my doubts regarding the way I was already advanced on the regular installation.

Thing that I find out is that this is very manual and rudimentary way to get a linux system up. Taken from a movie like inception I was told to use the chroot environment to emulate an arch system within the original host (Xubuntu). Since Xubuntu to a degree is emulated since is on a live environment, I was again asked to do a 2nd environment with mkinitcpio.

So the install was something like this:

  1. Boot from live USB
    1. Download ISO and mount -loop it into /mnt/
      1. chroot to the mounted environment
      2. install new stuff
      3. mount the target drives (SD card)
      4. mount it into the chroot enironment
        1. generate a new chroot with mkinitcpio to setup initial files such as:
          1. grub, keymaps, locale, hostname, etc.

Something to scratch your head, not to mentioned that I need to manually configure drivers for wifi and also drivers for display. Is time to boot, we’ll see how much we could interact.

Irssi, Yakuake and the end of productivity as we know it

Lately IRC has been coming back strong, not that it ever left. But I get more than the usual casual chat. And IRSSI has also made a big splash with my geek friends. We have the following irc todo’s like auto-join, auto-op and auto-connect.

Here is the simple command lines to perform all of the above.

For auto-connect to a network, you could edit a file on the ~/.irssi/ folder.

touch ~/.irssi/startup

This is a static file which you can add all type of commands at the start of the irssi client. So we can add things like server

There are other ways to do thisĀ withinĀ the irssi console, and here is how:

/network add -user JZA -realname “JZA” -nick aaron -autosendcmd “/^msg nickserv identify password” freenode

Finally auto-op since you want to be op once you join your channel. So we do the following:

/Channel add -auto -botcmd “query Chanserv op #tqvcancun” #tqvcancun freenode

The next step is also to have yakuake starts automagically when you login to your laptop. Yakuake has a configuration for this on the lower right corner you have a display menu with the optionĀ Configure yakuakeĀ andĀ Configure Shortcuts.

The first one will allow us to set behaviours such as automatically show the terminal when the mouse touches the edge of the screen. The second one allow us to re-assign the key so that we can use the one we are more confortable

Happy Bday Linux

I'll be celebrating 20 years of Linux withThe Linux Foundation!

Just want to wish the Linux  kernel  a happy 20th anniversary

So I will talk a bit about my beginings with Linux, when I first knew about Linux and how I became to care for it.

I learned about Linux back in 97 where a computer magazine annouced their Red Hat version 3 in a magazine. This was the first Red Hat as opposed to RHEL.

However even thought I bought the magazine (or was it my brother) and actually got the CD in and start looking at what it had. I realize I need to errase all my data. Since I didnt had a CD burner it will take me a long time, which I wasn’t up to. So I left it alone and focus on watching and reading about it in the magazine.

In college my laptop got screwed and buying a new laptop I decided to give Linux a try. That’s when I start asking and talking about Linux to my internship mentors. They had Linux on their data center and want it to try it. Then like any other geek I did what most geeks do. Download every possible version of Linux and want it to emulate all the different distros and have an external Hard disk that will save a vm store of different distros.

Fast forward to my move to Boston and start attending the MIT BLU which gave me a great insight into what Linux really was and how hardcore the technology was. That turned me on and start selling me into Linux. I start listening to the linux show podcast (not the linux action show). Years passed and I was an avid fan and start digging around the groups and reading ebooks about linux. Even was so eager to get a Linux Red Hat certification video tutorial from IRC. But the 3.5 GB put me a bit off.

Eventually I move to New York and start going to all these different Linux groups and events including the NYPC, the NYLUG, the LinuxWorld Conference and so on. When I came back to Mexico I started my own Linux group called GULTab and from then on I started thinking into giving back to FLOSS. So I joined

Eventually in 2004 I became the lead of the project, and launched Linux Xpo in Monterrey and had my little spot in the Linux ecosystem. Since then I have focus mostly in and leading other projects beside the spanish project like the Education and so on.

Also I have been using Linux exclusively for almost 10 years. Have worked as a System Administrator for large companies  and eventually came into pursuing other interests within the floss area as a way of living from.

FLOSS have made me for 10 years and I hope I could be here for the next 20 years.