First post in a while, but I figured I’d go ahead and update you guys (As if I have a substantial amount of readers!) on what’s been going on lately.  I recently decided to make the plunge into Arch-based (or derivative) distributions, and I’m using as close to Arch base as I’m willing to go – unless I can find Arch already prepacked with a GUI.  That is to say, I’m using AntergOS now, I decided to get away from Debian based systems and do something different.  For me this was getting AntergOS up and running – which I did, it makes me feel accomplished that I was able to step out of my comfort zone.

The only problem that I seem to be having – and I think most would consider it a non-issue is that I have screen lock and everything that goes with it – disabled.  So that when I CHOOSE to lock the computer it SHOULD.  I was just watching a video on Youtube that was about ~30 minutes long, and it locked itself (the computer) about 20 minutes into the video.
So I feel like a dumbass because I forgot that “automatic suspend” was an option that you could toggle in the GNOME settings.

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So after that fiasco was taken care of, I decided to switch over to Kali and turn on one of the tools there – I don’t remember which one, but it was a spoofer – it brought down my network for about five minutes after I canceled it.  I’ll go back into Kali at some point and get a screenshot of the tool at some point or another.  For now, I just want to sit tight, and write all of this down.

Another thing that I did was start in on this process of getting my virtual machines set up, and into at least some crude form of working.  So far I’ve got Elementary OS up – which is a plus.

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I just have to figure out how to get Anarchy working – it registers as having an internet connection but it likes to say that it’s “run out of space” during the install process – which is insane, because it has a 50 gig VDI (virtual disk image) to work with as it’s hard drive.  So that’s driving me kind of nuts trying to figure out what the hell could be causing that issue.

  1. Anarchy Linux
  2. Elementary OS
  3. Gentoo*
  4. Arch
  5. Slack

These are the distributions that I’m attempting to test and play with.

  • Asterisk: This distribution is going to be a semi-collaborative project with my friend Sebastian, to see if we can make a fully working Gentoo Box inside of a virtual machine (VM).

Come to think of it: I’m having that same issue with “running out of space” in Slackware too – even though that VDI was ~40 gigs in size too, I don’t get it.  What’s causing these from one end of slightly obscure to normally normal distributions to be such dicks, and say that they don’t have any space left?

I guess it all goes back to what that guy from Rapid 7 was saying – document everything that you do within a Linux system so that you can go back and recreate the situation again, or have a bit of information there for someone else to look at.  So I guess I’m going to be explaining everything that I do from this point on when it comes to that damned distribution.


Also I think it’s worth pointing out that I have been going through a book on Python that I got from the Ethical Hacking Club at school.  Here’s what I’ve got done in that book so far:

(It’s not much admittedly, but it’s something all the same…)

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I’m trying to approach it systematically so I don’t get overwhelmed – I’m thinking something like 3 or 4 of those files a night until it starts getting into the heavier material, in which case I might start just posting the code itself.  I’m still following along with the Kali stuff – at least since that instructor is teaching how to write code in my favorite editor (nano) – the book those examples are from, says that you should use Geany – which seems like it’s pretty OK so far.  I haven’t used it enough to figure out if it’s going to be anything special.


So in the last day I have managed to do several things which all culminated in a full system reinstall – including expanding my Kali partition back to its original terabyte size.  The first thing that happened was that I got myself stupidly overwhelmed with all of the VMs – what was supposed to be just an Arch VM and a Gentoo VM, quickly morphed into having a metric shitload of them. (The ones listed up above.)  I was going to set up the Elementary VM to show a friend of mine at school how it works, but that got sidetracked into trying to set up everything up there.

The AntergOS VM got shutdown pretty quickly because you can’t run AntergOS on 1g-2g RAM – so I ended up testing the things I had in mind, live on my system – which is to say I added and removed a bunch of window managers to see how they handled, and I didn’t like any of them out of the box.  Everybody swears by i3 for instance, but I can’t get into it – I’m comfortable with GNOME/Cinnamon/Budgie – why change?  Come to think of it, I might install those on the system just so that I have them – might be nice to occasionally switch between them.

The only problem lies in figuring out if AntergOS comes shipped with GDM or something –  not to mention – I don’t want to install one of these Desktop Environments (DEs) and end up with double copies of everything (in terms of installed software – I had that happen in Ubuntu last year, and it was a bitch to clean up.

Well now finally all settled in (again) with this reinstall – let’s try to keep it from exploding again shall we?


UPDATE:  I switched over to actual Arch from all of the above bullshit.


I’m running Arch, it’s not a nightmare distribution – but it is an interesting distribution to get set up. It does not hold your hand when you go to set up everything, in the way that a lot of the other distributions that I have seen. Granted I had help from a friend of mine who has been using Arch for the last ~10 years or so now, but now I am here, and I’m going to get a proper VM set up to use as a sandbox – so that I can turn around utilize that stuff on my host box.

I have to say that I respect the command line after dealing with the Arch command line to install the system. It was definitely really weird to be dropped into a command line immediately after removing my install media. Granted to get a D.E. was actually quite simple to make happen. Took simple command, and pressing ENTER when specified.

Since the first command line you see is a root terminal, you do not have to worry about typing [sudo] to get anything done. To get a D.E. up and running, all I had to do was:

[pacman -Syy]
[pacman -Syu]

These commands check for and then install any updates that Arch might have available, and since Arch is a bleeding edge distribution – you will get anything and everything that’s realized as soon as it comes out. The newest, shiniest updates and patches as they roll out.

The next command that you would have to do is:

[pacman -S <desktop_environment>]

In this instance I went with Deepin Desktop, which was originally from a desktop environment used in an Ubuntu fork called Deepin Linux – which is a Chinese distribution.

The D.E. itself is comparable to the same environment OSX uses – but slimmed down. There is no top bar – but there can be from what I have read so far. The dock is responsive and fluid, and has some customability to it.


So due to some errors in the system itself – at the time of the above’s writing – I decided to use a nifty little script I found on GitHub to reinstall everything on the box.

I have to say that I’m enjoying Arch, and I haven’t had any issues – yet – with things being broken due to utilizing bleeding edge software/packages and what not.

Here’s what ‘screenfetch’ returns for my system:


I don’t know why it’s saying that there’s such a high RAM use – typically it stays at around 500-600 MiB – I’ve never seen it jump (at least in the last week) up that high.

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