Spider's Webtrail

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Too many Linux Distros?

Are there too many Linux distributions?
Some say yes and some say no.
Regardless, I test the ones that are of interest to me, and also via Big Daddy Linux Live on Saturday nights.
The BDLL website is at https://bigdaddylinux.com/
We video chat via Zoom and broadcast on YouTube from 9pm to 11pm Eastern time USA.

Here are the Linux distros that I am currently running, listed by machine and partition:

Machine: Alienware M15x A08 Laptop with Dell External Monitor
Name: Max
CPU: Intel i7 Q 740 (8) @ 1.73GHz
Distro: Solus 3.9999 Budgie

Machine: Alienware M15x A07 Laptop
Name: Erma
CPU: Intel i5 M 540 (4) @ 2.528GHz
Distro: Solus 3.9999 Plasma
Distros on external 2TB eSata HD:
Partition 1: SalentOS 64-Bit - Debian with Openbox. Like #!
Partition 2: openSUSE Tumbleweed - Xfce
Partition 3: Xubuntu
Distro on Persistent USB: MX Linux 18 - Debian with Xfce

Machine: Asus EeePC 1000 Netbook
Name: Ervyn
CPU: Intel Atom N270 (2) @ 1.6GHz
GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics
Distro: SalentOS 32-bit - Debian with Openbox. Like #!

Machine:Dell OptiPlex 755
Name: Davie
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2) @2.333GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 2400 Pro
Distros on 500GB HD:
Partition 1: Elementary OS 5 Juno - currently personally testing
Partition 2: Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce - from BDLL challenge - to be replaced tonight
Partition 3: Drauger OS - Ubuntu with Xfce - designed for gamers - testing for the developer Batcastle / Thomas.

Those are the installed Linux distributions, but the Linux kernel is also running in these devices:
Machine: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Phone - Android 7 Nougat
Machine: Asus C302 Chromebook - ChromeOS with Android Apps

At work I use Windows 8.1 ..... nuff said! 

BTW, anyone get the restaurant reference?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rejoined the Linux Community

Although I have been running Solus Linux (Budgie and KDE Plasma 5) on my Alienware M15x laptops for the past 2 years, I found myself only chatting with the Solus community on IRC and G+.
Solus website: https://getsol.us/home/

A couple of months ago I picked up a few Linux based podcasts, which I mostly listen to on BeyondPod on my Note 5 Android phone:
Destination Linux - https://destinationlinux.org/
Late Night Linux - https://latenightlinux.com/

After rejoining mintCast, chatting them in the IRC channel during the live recording, I went ahead and installed Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 32 bit on my Asus EeePC 1000 Netbook.
Although the device is 10 years old, it still runs quite well.
I also use it as a portable Oric Atmos emulator running Oricutron.

Talking of Asus, on Black Friday I purchased the this Chromebook from Amazon for $499, a saving of $150.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54 12.5-inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook Intel Core m5, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS
Really loving this machine as a portable computer that is also light on weight at less than 3lb. It is also excellent at running Android Apps.

Last week I stopped posting generally to Google+ since it is going away next year, apart from the Solus community there which are still looking for new social home.
Looked for replacement and found MeWe - https://mewe.com
It is a social medium platform, which is kinda a blend of G+ and Facebook.
My own profile is at: https://mewe.com/i/peterpaterson
On MeWe I discovered the Tech and Coffee group
Finding myself talking with the geeks of Tech and Coffee pretty much daily on Google Video Hangouts. Great bunch!

On Saturday 1st December 2018 I took part in a 2 hour video chat with Rocco and others on Big Daddy Linux Live.
During the show we were given a choice of distro to install and review next Saturday. I picked Enso OS: https://www.enso-os.site/
Made the mistake of trying to dual-boot install Enso alongside Solus KDE on my 2nd laptop, as it totally messed up my grub boot settings. Ended up grabbing my data, scrubbed the drive, and reinstalled Solus KDE.
Last night I picked up an HP Pavilion P6243W desktop. The HDD is on the way out but worked enough to install and run Enso. Have ordered a new 500GB Hitachi HDD from Amazon for $30.
It has the following spec:
CPU: Dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
GPU: AMD RV620 LE - Radeon HD 3450
This PC shall be my Linux distro tester and shall work well for that task.

Here is a photo of the HP PC with case panel off, HP 2311x 1080p monitor, Compaq keyboard, and Gateway speakers:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spider's Linux Laptops

Here are the respective screenfetch (Mint) and neofetch (Solus) information from my two laptops.
Both are Alienware M15x, and about 6 years old, but still doing just great.

 MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmds+.        OS: Mint 18.1 serena
 MMm----::-://////////////oymNMd+`     Kernel: x86_64 Linux 4.8.0-32-generic
 MMd      /++                -sNMd:    Uptime: 14h 13m
 MMNso/`  dMM    `.::-. .-::.` .hMN:   Packages: 2576
 ddddMMh  dMM   :hNMNMNhNMNMNh: `NMm   Shell: bash 4.3.46
     NMm  dMM  .NMN/-+MMM+-/NMN` dMM   Resolution: 1600x1800
     NMm  dMM  -MMm  `MMM   dMM. dMM   DE: MATE 1.16.0
     NMm  dMM  -MMm  `MMM   dMM. dMM   WM: Metacity (Marco)
     NMm  dMM  .mmd  `mmm   yMM. dMM   GTK Theme: 'Mint-X-Aqua' [GTK2/3]
     NMm  dMM`  ..`   ...   ydm. dMM   Icon Theme: Mint-X-Aqua
     hMM- +MMd/-------...-:sdds  dMM   Font: Noto Sans 9
     -NMm- :hNMNNNmdddddddddy/`  dMM   CPU: Intel Core i7 CPU Q 740 @ 1.73GHz
      -dMNs-``-::::-------.``    dMM   GPU: GeForce GT 240M
       `/dMNmy+/:-------------:/yMMM   RAM: 2146MiB / 5955MiB

            -```````````                  peter@erma 
          `-+/------------.`              ---------- 
       .---:mNo---------------.           OS: Solus 2017.01.01.0 x86_64 
     .-----yMMMy:---------------.         Model: M15x A07 
   `------oMMMMMm/----------------`       Kernel: 4.8.15 
  .------/MMMMMMMN+----------------.      Uptime: 14 hours, 13 minutes 
 .------/NMMMMMMMMm-+/--------------.     Packages: 878 
`------/NMMMMMMMMMN-:mh/-------------`    Shell: bash 4.3.42 
.-----/NMMMMMMMMMMM:-+MMd//oso/:-----.    Resolution: 1600x900 
-----/NMMMMMMMMMMMM+--mMMMh::smMmyo:--    DE: Budgie 
----+NMMMMMMMMMMMMMo--yMMMMNo-:yMMMMd/.   Theme: Arc-Darker [GTK2/3] 
.--oMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMy--yMMMMMMh:-yMMMy-`   Icons: Arc [GTK2/3] 
`-sMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMh--dMMMMMMMd:/Ny+y.    Terminal: terminator 
`-/+osyhhdmmNNMMMMMm-/MMMMMMMmh+/ohm+     CPU: Intel i5 M 540 (4) @ 1.8GHz 
  .------------:://+-/++++++oshddys:      GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 
   -hhhhyyyyyyyyyyyhhhhddddhysssso-       Memory: 1368MB / 7975MB 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Deity of Christ

Last Thursday and Friday, the 25th and 26th of February 2016, I attended the Stay Sharp conference which was on the subject of the Doctrine of God, particularly the Trinity.
This conference is held each year by the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Allegheny District in Canonsburg, PA.
EFCA Allegheny District Conference Website 
Each years conference subject is based upon 1 of the 10 Statements of Faith of the EFCA. This year was from Statement 1:


1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

A wonderful time of teaching and fellowship was had indeed.
My local church fellowship is with Ironworks Pike Community Church, in Georgetown, KY, USA.
Arianna have been attending there for over a year now, and are very involved in this church.

This morning we visited our last church, Bluegrass Bible Fellowship, in Richmond, KY, USA, which is a brethren assembly.
With the Trinity of God still heavily on my mind this morning, during the Breaking of Bread meeting I read out these following verses:

Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
(6)  "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.

Revelation 1:8-18 NKJV
(8)  "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
(9)  I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
(10)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
(11)  saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
(12)  Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
(13)  and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
(14)  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
(15)  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
(16)  He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
(17)  And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
(18)  I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Those who are familiar with the brethren style of the Breaking of Bread meeting will know and understand that it is not a teaching meeting, and the verses are used to remind ourselves of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to worship Him.
I did point out how Isaiah absolutely declares that there is only 1 God, who declares that He is the "First and the Last".
Revelation also uses the same phrase, and even expands it to use "Alpha and Omega", the first and last of the Greek alphabet. This Lord in Revelation applies the phrase to Himself, and we see that He is Jesus, as He now lives, but "was dead".
Praise be to God for the Deity of Christ, the Almighty!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Linux Mint

Although I enjoy using all flavours of Linux, my distro of choice is Linux Mint.
Their home page is: http://www.linuxmint.com/
Currently I am running Linux Mint 13 LTS (long term support) Xfce 64-bit on my Alienware M15x laptop.
Looking forward to Linux Mint 17 LTS which should be out in May or June (for the Xfce version).
Have been running Linux Mint since version 6 from 2009.
Check out my Blogspot post from that time: i-linux-therefore-i-am

Also running Manjaro Xfce 32-bit on my Asus EeePC 1000 netbook. Manjaro is an excellent rolling release distro based on Arch. http://www.manjaro.org/

On Facebook I run the following group: Linux Mint Facebook Group
We currently have 11,143 members. Yes, you read that right!
It has been a runaway train of people asking to join the group, and we have a good core of members who post and discuss.
A huge thank you to all members, and the 3 admins who assist me running the group.

Although not mine, I am a member of Google+ Linux Mint Community and highly recommend that group too.

For about 5 years I have been part of Blue Grass Linux User Group which has really taught and encouraged me to learn more about Linux.
I highly encourage every Linux user to search out and find their local LUG, and if they have one, to join it!

Quite often you shall see me chatting in the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel of #linuxmint-chat on the irc.spotchat.org server.
If you are able to login with a client such as XChat, please do so, but SpotChat also provides this java chat link: SpotChat Connect

Over the past year I have enjoyed listening to, and even being a part of MintCast.
Their website is at: http://www.mintcast.org/ and have a Google+ Community at MintCast Google+ Community

Rob, Scott, and various guests, discuss Linux and tech in general, and record normally on Monday evenings at 8:00pm Eastern USA, or Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm (guessing here).
The live-stream while recording may be listened to here: MintCast Live Stream
They too have a chat channel on SpotChat, which is #mintcast

Reminder to Windows XP users; Microsoft's support of your system ends on Tuesday 8th April 2014. That's only 33 days away!

If you are not a current user of Linux and are interested in finding out more, please contact me, or reach out to the community in the various ways linked above.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Testimony of Peter Paterson and my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.

Writing this on Saturday 02/22/2014, as I listen to some Keith Green early albums.Earlier I was chatting to a new friend on IRC by the nickname of Jedi. We discovered that each other was a believer and he gave me his testimony webpage of http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/jediael/testimony.htm
I informed Jedi that my own testimony was not written down as such, but that I had recently promised a friend that I would write it, give it to her for a project, and also publish it on my own blog of http://mintspider.blogspot.com
For the record, I am currently in fellowship with Bluegrass Bible Fellowship in Lexington, KY, USA, and our website is http://www.biblefellowship.org

On the 30th of April 1967, I was born in Elgin, Scotland to George (Dod) and Alexandra (Susie/Sandra) Paterson. I was their first, to be followed by William, George, and Catriona.
Growing up in “Bible loving Scotland” I would often debate with myself the concept of God and if “he” existed or not. Most of the time, I just lived my life with friends, comic books (Marvel & DC especially), and a love of TV/Movie SciFi.
During my later teen years I started drinking with my friends at the pubs. Drinking age in Scotland is 18, but let’s just say that I was 18 when I was 15. Being a tall boy, now 6‘2“, did help greatly in that regard.

There was a couple of times that I wanted to speak with someone about this God they believed in, but really did not know who to talk to. Yes, I did go to Sunday School and Boys Brigade when younger, but apart from remembering songs like “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” and “We Have An Anchor” (still love that one) I really had no Bible knowledge and certainly not what the Gospel was.
One Christmas I attended a service at a Church of Scotland building and went to speak to the Minister afterwards, but I found him out back smoking, so I walked on. Note: Not saying that Christians should not smoke, but in this case I was a turned off seeker.
Another time I was in Cyprus with the Air Training Corps and while there attended a service. This was my chance to talk to someone, so I thought, but I was turned off also by this Minister, as all he seemed to do was talk about his articles of clothing and their meaning. He may have had a message, but I certainly did not hear it.

After leaving Elgin High School at age 18, I started working at City Kits, which was an offshoot of Elgin City Sawmills, but based in Forres. 6 months later this company closed down, and I looked to going to college to further my education.
Moray College of Further Education is located in Elgin, and I joined the course of SHND in Computer Data Processing, a 2 year course.
During my time there, I met a good friend who I discovered was a Christian Believer, and who lived close to me. We would often walk to college together, talk about life and spiritual matters. Found out he attended Riverside Gospel Hall, and I asked him if I could visit to hear and discuss more. Of course he said “Yes!”.
That Sunday I visited Riverside and heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time ever. I do not recall the message taught, just that it affected me, and looking back I know that I was being challenged and convicted by the Holy Spirit as to my life for my God.
The next Sunday I went back. I heard my college friend teach on “Bible vs Evolution” (don’t ask me what was exactly taught then, as I do not remember) then a man I knew from Elgin High School got up to teach. His name is Alan Taylor and he taught on Romans 6:23
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
After the service I sat down with Alan on the platform steps and we talked. At that moment I knew that I was a sinner that was not living for his creator God, and I prayed to God asking for His forgiveness, thanking Him for the saving sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
At that moment I truly was saved!!! I knew that I now had now received eternal salvation, and it was all because God became a man, Jesus Christ, who went to the cross at Calvary to die for my sins, and also for the sins of the whole world.
This was at about 8:00pm on Sunday, 31st January 1988, when I was 20 years old.

A few months later, I was baptised by immersion. In fact it was the first baptism I had witnessed. I had been 'sprinkled' at 10 years old, but at that time I did not know what salvation was, nor had I made my own choice.

During the 26 years since that time, I have attempted to live my life for my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, but I will also be the first to admit that I have not lived a perfect life for Him.
That is the point! We are broken creatures who need our Creator to make us whole again in Him.
Paul, in Romans 7, writes this:
"For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me."
Yes, it is long and cryptic, but I truly understand what Paul meant. Daily I struggle against the inner sin nature in me, and attempt to give myself over to the indwelling Holy Spirit.

These days, I am now 47 years old from my first birth, and 26 years old from my "second birth".
My life has had ups and downs. I have made important decisions and I have also made great mistakes.
I am human, but living for my God.

My current workplace is God's Pantry Food Bank - http://www.godspantryfoodbank.org - where I have worked for 15 years, starting in the warehouse, and now responsible for ordering, purchasing, and reporting.
I thank my Lord God Almighty for this job and for guiding me in developing the skills to help so many people.

Apart from believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, my second best decision was in marrying Arianna.
We met in a Christian Chat room in September 1997 while I was living in Aberdeen, Scotland, and she here in Lexington, KY, USA.
Arianna visited me in October 1998 for 3 weeks, and on the 17th of October 1998 we were engaged near Queens View, Loch Tummel, Pitlochry, Scotland, while it started to snow!
I boarded a plane on May 17th 1999, and flew to USA to live here.
Arianna and I were married in Paris ........ Kentucky, on the 26th of June 1999, and have been happily married ever since.
We view our marriage as unto the Lord, and He is the top point of our triangle. As we grow closer to him individually, we also grow closer to each other.
We fellowship together at home and with Bluegrass Bible Fellowship, as well as with multitudes of believers all around the world.

Update on my salvation day anniversary: Thursday 31st January 2019:

Arianna and I have been fellowshipping with the saints of Ironworks Pike Community Church for over 4 years. The website is: http://www.ironworkspikechurch.org/
Our Lord has blessed us with the responsibility of teaching the teen class. Arianna on Sunday morning and myself on Wednesday evening.
The congregation has also recognised over the years that the Holy Spirit has called me to be a deacon and now an elder. This is a great responsibility which I look to Him for strength and support.

Have now been employed by God's Pantry Food Bank for almost 20 years.
My current title is "Food Procurement and Reporting Officer".
God blesses indeed!