The joys of Plasma.

Over the last couple of months I have been running a fork of Arch Linux called KaOS, which is tuned for Plasma, the KDE window manager. It took a little getting used to: things are in different places than they are in Cinnamon or Windows. For most things it works well.

Plasma is mature. It is also, after I think the fourth or fifth rewrite, fast. There is a further major rewrite in the works.

What I don’t do is use a lot of the native KDE apps. Most of the apps I use are multiplatform — so when I open a browser at work on the mac I can start from where I left off.

The issues we are facing at casa weka relate to replacing hardware. A lot of the stuff we have is now six or seven years old and is starting to fade. I’m eking it out… for a while longer. Some reasons.

  1. The house has needed extensive work and this is just finishing — it’s hardware was built in during the cost cutting time of the 1990s and 2000s and that stuff simply does not last. Which is nothing to do with computers or administration, I know.
  2. There is another generational change in processors coming up. AMD Ryzen processors look better right now than intel for high end, and there is a lot of rumours going around that Apple are going to leverage on their ARM homebaked processors in phones to make their own chips. Pinebook has shown that an ARM laptop will work, and the Raspberry Pi is now capable enough for most lightweight work.
  3. I need to ensure that the next laptop can process photos, and those photos are backed up. This will require either a very rugged laptop or a little backup box in the field, and a good workflow. Kea and I are revising her workflow, and I will need to revise mine as well.
  4. I may need to move webhosts. I fully believe you should always build your own platforms.

As far as software, the Arch distros are now my default choice. I can get almost everything I need natively or at kcp

The bigger question will be if wordpress remains a viable platform for blogging. At present, wordpress plus jetpack works quite nicely. But the current tendency to make everything user friendly is making things slower. My last experiments with markdown failed: at present everything is backed up and if necessary can be imported elsewhere.

I hope I don’t have to shop for hardware yet: the next generation of stuff is way better.