A 45min talk exploring what is to be to find jobs as graphic designer using only free software, and a deeper talk on how to change things.

Final words for posterity:

Do not sacrifice what you believe in for what others expect from you. Never. Is not worth it.

If you believe you’re good enough and you support what you use, and if that’s not a job that’s gonna provide you the freedom you need, then move to the next one.

It’s gonna be hard, but you’re gonna find your place in the world.


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I’ve been trying Canva since a few months ago, and truth is, it has blown my mind. HEY, I still LOVE inkscape, but when I started giving workshops to people who wanted to improve their social networks, reality was that my students were not experts on design, and tools like this became my allies.

I’ve always supported Freeware, since those are simply apps that have a free version along their paid features. Best from Canva is that their free version doesn’t expire, which is definitely a highlight. And that’s why today I want to tel you some of the pros and cons that I found along the way.

NOTE: This is a comparison made between Inkscape (in case you’re an Illustrator user the comparison would fit just fine)  and Canva’s free version.

Inkscape

Pro

  • Absolute control over vectors, both in shape and color.
  • Absolute control on gradients.
  • Wider design freedom.
  • Export to any available format.
  • No need for an internet connection to design.
  • Editable vector that works on any design app.

 

Cons

  • Final original vector files are larger, so take longer to share (specially when you embed a bitmap)
  • If you want a template, you have to download it.
  • If you want to add some graphics, same, you have to download them>

Canva

Pro

  • Real time contribution.
  • Graphics and Photos gallery included (quite enough even at the free version)
  • Pre-built Templates to save time (both static and animated)
  • Graphics available at your computer and phone. (only online)

Cons

  • Terrible gradient management.
  • Only png downloads available (free)
  • Can’t add fonts (free)
  • Can’t edit shapes, and several times, can’t edit colors either.
  • No internet, no Canva.

Which one is the best? It will depend on the purpose you need. Truth is that the high content demand that comes from social media and the insane grow of creators, has lead to this kind of graphic assistant to become into a necessity.

Both apps have their pros and cons, and at the end, which one to use will only depend on the expertise of the designer, and the future uses for the graphic you want to create.

and you, what’s your opinion on both apps?


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There comes a time when you feel that you don’t fit anywhere. Where your ideas, principles, motivation and struggles simply don’t align with anyone else. For years, I felt part of something that was larger than myself, had the motivation to use a huge part of my free time to contribute to projects and in several cases, make personal sacrifices to help others, and even envisioned a future for myself in places where I thought it was impossible.

That didn’t changed, but I feel that everything around me changed and I don’t fit anymore, and that’s OK.

It’s that struggle trying to find our place in this huge Open Source world what usually ends up in personal meltdown and professional burnout. It’s not a secret that as fast as technologies evolve, the faster we end up being obsolete, unless we dedicate most of our time to keep up to date on every break through.

I’m not the exception to this, and after being an active contributor for almost 15 years, and then have my “time off” to be a full time mom and employee, what happened in the Projects I used to Contribute left me feeling way far from my comfort zone. I’m grateful that most of the places where I’ve contributed has been because people asks for my help, and even after a long absence it was not different from before.

I’ll be where people want me to be… But at what cost?

I feel myself struggling between doing what people expect me to do, and what I really would like to do.

My last role at Fedora community was Diversity Advisor, and I expected that role to be a nice opportunity to showcase people inside the community. What they do, how they contribute, how they manage to overcome their challenges and inspire others with their experiences. But then I got pregnant, and after years of personal struggle to have a baby, my priority changed towards my family and had to left behind my contributions. At the end, communities don’t represent an income, so work and family will always come first.

After stabilizing my personal life, enjoy motherhood early days and finish some personal projects, I told myself “it’s time to come back”, and I came to a community I didn’t recognized.

I entered a place where I barely knew anyone, and where most people I already knew were experiencing burn outs, were bored to death or were pissed of with something. I’m a designer, not a programmer, so my area of expertise is marketing and people. I saw many projects die as I was joining back, Ambassadors for example, and I saw this insane need of making everyone accept causes that had nothing to do with Open Source.

Where do you fit when you don’t fit anymore?

I was offered to help with some graphics that nobody noticed and had no usage plan, I was offered a position to inspire people but felt that my mindset was old compared to what people wanted from me, and even was offered a couple of jobs to work full time on my passion, but again, my mindset was probably too old for it. So I took a step back and asked myself, do I truly believe in this and want to spend time getting back?

Answer was a plain No.

I don’t want to fit, because I’ve never have, and the sole idea of giving up on my thoughts just to make things smother goes against everything that makes me be who I am. I’m only interested on join Fedora and other communities because the work they do with software, and receive as much respect as I need from my fellow contributors. That’s it.

I’m a feminist, I come from a really complicated country, I had to learn a different language to communicate with a wider audience, I love to motivate people to find their place inside Open Source projects… but I’m not an advocate of social causes that I don’t affect me directly, not because I don’t care. It might sound heartless, but it’s not.

This is NOT the reason why I joined an Open Source Community.

Being part of a community should focus on the main goal of it, not on its side goals. There’s a lot of people I don’t agree with at Open Source Communities, and people know how passionate my discussions can be when they get to my comfort zone, however, I will always stand by the right of people to not agree with me (unless offenses come to… so understand that if people is a jerk, their disagreements are just chaos).

I also feel uncomfortable that someone makes statements to support mainstream causes that don’t have anything to do with Open Source just because they are popular, but never stood by smaller and less controversial causes. That’s not support, it’s just marketing. My personal causes are mine, and so should everyone be.

I’m tired of feel that the Open Source work is being used to things that aren’t related to the main goal of a Software Community.

So where do I fit in all this cute mess? Well, I believe I fit at the same place I did since day one: Helping people understand how communities work and facilitate them see where they fit in this beautiful environment. I honestly don’t want to spend more of my time being an advocate for initiatives that don’t even apply to my personal situation just because they are all over media, because honestly, nobody gives a damn on the initiatives that I go personally. I don’t care about who’s president on another country than mine, I can’t care about riots at different countries where I struggle with that at my own place, I can’t fight for wages when each country is different…

My battles, both personal and professional, shouldn’t mix with my contributions. One of the things I loved the most about Open Source is that nobody cared who I was, but people only cared about what I did to help and how I behaved while doing it. To my sanity, I would like to keep it that way.

Everyone knows I support diversity, feminism, free of speech, LGBTQIA+… but honestly, what does that has to do with Open Source Software? Isn’t making it accessible to others without restrictions enough? I want to go back to the easier days when all that matter was contributions, and if I’m old and I don’t fit anymore, so be it.

I like to think I’m a creative person, so since I don’t fit anymore, I feel myself like a shining star with no strings and ready to fit myself a new role inside all of this:

I’m an “Open Source Motivational Coach

I can tell you what I stand for:

  • I believe that what we do at Open Source matters and helps countless people around the world.
  • I stand for free of speech, as long as you don’t become an asshole and be mature enough to disagree with people without offending them.
  • I honestly think that donations, paid support and revenues are needed to let people to continue the Open Source work they do.
  • I think there’s a place for absolutely everyone at Open Source, whatever you do.
  • I believe nobody becomes obsolete, even if their mindset is not popular.

If you got here reading, my respect! I had ages without posting on my blog because I know somehow it became a place for people to learn, and not to read rants, but it’s mine, and it’s my window to show what it’s really inside my head.

You want to talk to me? Do you want to find your place inside Open Source? You want to argue with me because everything I wrote here disagrees with you? Do you want to hire me to be your coach and pay me with coffee or money? Do you need a design for an Open Source initiative? Go for it….

I’m here, I’ve always been here, and I’m back on my own terms, because life is too short to stand for what others think and leave your soul behind.


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It has been so long since I went to my last Fedora conference that to be honest, I was overwhelm. Having so many friends around who actually understand my love for open source and communities, was something that I needed. After 4 countries, I finally arrived to this lovely city that mesmerize me in every way. Budapest has become my favorite city in the world and I will take with me all my life everything that happened during FLOCK… I can literally say that my life changed here. I will try to make a resume of what happened at Flock, so please fetch yourself a drink and lets start.

Diversity and Inclusion: Expanding the concept and reaching ALL the community.

Timing not always seems perfect, but sometimes things work just as they should at the end. When I was named Diversity & Inclusion Advisory I didn’t knew that life would get in the middle and would ended up actually helping people after a bit more than 3 years. I’m glad I was able to catch up with this team who has been doing a fantastic job. I’ve been contributing with amazing people for years, and finally meeting my team, Amita, Justin, Jona and Bee, was like a dream come true.

Probably the best from FLOCK was to being able to record several members from our community who kindly accepted to say their names, the places where they come from and the language they speak, and create a small video showing how Diverse and Inclusive Fedora is. Produce a short 2min video in such a chaotic schedule is challenging enough, so after 3 hours of recording, and a rough 2:30hs of editing, I ended up finishing the render of the video just as I was plugin my laptop to the main stage… People usually don’t know how long it takes to do something like that, but I’m just glad everyone seemed to like it and that my laptop didn’t died in the process.

While working on the video, I was able to have small interviews with several folks from Fedora and got to ask them how comfortable they felt in the community. It was satisfactory to learn from them that the overall care we have take to make minorities feel more included has worked, however, it was a bit sad to learn how hard has been for our contributors to deal with burn out, how tired they are of putting fires out instead doing new projects and mainly getting a general sense of getting stuck into the same routine.

As our team says, our labor is not only to help with the diversity efforts for making everyone feel comfortable, but we also need to work more to include more effective ways to give people a sense of purpose, provide new challenges that put them on a fun path and give them the recognition they deserve. Fedora has always put a lot of effort into bringing new people to contribute, but I’ve seen that the old contributors are getting on a side because “everything is working” and we need to take care of that. They need the same attention (and I would dare to say that probably more) than new contributors do. At the end, is this amazing group of people who has to mentor new contributors. Feel free to reach me or any member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team if you feel that this words got your attention and you’re willing to share some thoughts. Anonymity is a top priority.

Marketing: You won't sell what you don't show.

I like to think that conferences like this have 3 parts: Friends, Knowledge and Memories. Meeting your old friends face to face or making new friends is what motivate us to enjoy this conferences. Knowledge is spread and connections between people from same and different projects are made allowing new ideas to flow… but Memories are what keep people motivated and active during the months or years before meeting again. In a world full of cameras and social networks, we sometimes forget that best moments are captured while people is concentrated in the first two items. If you want to get the real face of conferences you need to document it while people is not seeing, when people is making friends and sharing knowledge.

It was quite satisfactory to see the reaction of people at the Helia Conference Room once they saw the Flock resume video. Being able to show them how fun the last 4 days were, was a key point to conclude a fantastic experience. Filling the Social Networks with good quality pictures increased the attention into our community, and more people was willing to share their content so everyone could see the things we were doing. Having quality content is key to spread what we do. Having quality writers and proper localization will help us reach more fantastic people that will help us grow.

Lets never forget the importance of Memories. At the end, these are the ones we can look back and the best way to remind us why we contribute in projects like this. It’s not just the contributions we make, but also the connections we make.

Design: If it's not broken... build it from the scratch!

Who doesn’t like a bit of a challenge? After the “Survey no-Survey” (lets call it -interviews- so we don’t get into Legal) I did notice that there are several services that are working, but could be better. Meeting riecatnor and Tanvi was one of the highlights of FLOCK. Design team has always been a small group, but numbers aren’t exactly growing. Marie’s badges workshop ended up being a fantastic opportunity not just to check and close tickets, but brought a great discussion about how Badges are being used and where should we aim to. Having Renata there to conduct a small usability test with new and old contributors, help us identify some things that could be done better at Badges. We have no idea right now about the specifics, but I think great things will come for the Badges platform. Having friends at different team is probably what makes this community the best… so when pingou heard that we might do some changes to Badges, he and Xavier jumped in… we don’t even have a design or anything for it… but that’s when you realize that “is more fun (and productive) to build from the scratch instead just fixing old bugs”.

I’m trying to figure out if a badges simplification, both as in quantity and quality would be good for the overall behavior of the website, and probably going from pngs to svg’s and having a badge reduction could also make us have a faster website… so If you’re interested on helping us explore this ideas, come to the Badges channel (both irc and freenode) or just ping me wherever you see me.

Serious stuff goes here: Catching up with the new Fedora structure.

I used to knew the Fedora structure like the palm of my hand, but again timing isn’t perfect, and Fedora changed EVERYTHING as soon as I went into my maternity leave… I won’t lie that even if things look better on an organizational level, it has been harder than ever to get around how things work now. One of the hardest things I’ve always seen at Fedora resources is that we are so energetic into explaining how our process work, that we end up with more web pages explaining the same thing than we should. I hope someday this changes and it seems that we are on that path, but there’s still a lot of work to do there.

I wasn’t able to attend the Mindshare meeting since it collided with D&I, however, thx to telegram and an angel who helped me have a voice there, I was able to drop a couple of comments and get some answers. Time to divide the final part into sections:

– LATAM: It was really disappointing to learn that FUDcons stopped while I was on my break. Conferences like this are not just a fantastic opportunity to get things done faster since everyone is at the same place, but also a reward to the effort that our contributors put during a long year into having the community working smoothly. Latin America is a complex region due distances and that’s a fact, but it seemed a decision with no solid -communitary- arguments to just stop. LATAM people is worth the effort, and we will work on making them feel more included. Our diversity is awesome, recognition is needed but also guidance into taking the community to a level where we all feel like doing more.

– Burn out: Most of us who join a community do it for the challenge of doing new things and meeting new people who understands the geeky world we live in. But when you have to do the same thing for a couple of years (or even a decade), getting stuck into repetitive tasks tends to get you exhausted. I thought I was alone on that path, but seems that not. We did empathize on working towards helping our contributors into get new challenges that put them on that creative and joyful path once again, so a refreshment allows them to cope with the routine of supporting a community like Fedora. No easy task, but we can all make a good impact if we look to our sides and try to encourage our fellas.

Final thoughts

If you got here, thank you. Has been a long time since I had the opportunity to see my old friends, catch up with a community I love and learn everything that happened while I was afk being a mom. Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m jumping into things that might be done or already discussed, but if there’s something I’ve learn in so many years, is that new energy (even from old contributors), can shake things enough to make actual improvements.

NOTE: If you see yourself in a picture and want me to remove it or if you want to get a photo I took from you, just send me a message :)


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Este pequeño truco nos permite saber la IP publica de un equipo desde la linea de comandos, solo basta ejecutar el siguiente comando:

dig +short myip.opendns.com @resolver1.opendns.com

Una alternativa a dicho comando podría ser la siguiente:

dig TXT +short o-o.myaddr.l.google.com @ns1.google.com

Espero que esta información les sea útil, saludos…

Yo era una ávida usuaria de los módulos de Enfoque y reducción de Ruido raw antes del LGM, pero los chicos fueron lo suficientemente amables para enseñarme otra forma de obtener mi enfoque, y como tiendo a olvidar las cosas, acá les dejo mis notas.

Módulo de enfoque

Tal como su nombre lo indica, esta es quizás la forma más fácil de agregar extra definición a tus imágenes al mejorar el contraste de los bordes. No es el módulo mas poderoso ya que cuando quieres incrementar mucho los valores para obtener una mejor definición, trae consigo una cantidad enorme de ruido que luego tienes que tratar con módulos adicionales. Cada imagen necesita un juego de parámetros distintos, pero me he sentido bastante cómoda con los siguientes valores:

Radio: 3.2
Cantidad: 1.1

Dependiendo de la cantidad de detalle (o ruido) que obtenga en la imagen final, me gusta agregar un 10 al umbral o algo cercano si es necesario, o ir directo con el módulo de Reducción de ruido RAW con valores pequeños cercanos al 0.003.

Módulo Ecualizador:

Acá viene el truco. Trabajo solo en luma para obtener el resultado que quiero, el cual es incrementar la definición de los bordes, obtener un poco de reducción de ruido (solo un poco porque los ajustes son muy fuertes para trabajarlos en el Ecualizador) y agregar un pequeño efecto de quemado en ciertas areas (trabajo mayormente con retratos).

Para obtener el enfoque incremento la curva en el lado fino (derecho) unos dos niveles.
Para la reducción de ruido incremento el marcador inferior del mismo lado fino. Casi no se ve, pero ahí está… no lo suban mucho.
Para el efecto de quemado (bajar la claridad) bajo medio nivel el segundo marcador en el lado grueso (izquierdo)

Puedes ver un mejor resultado en el enfoque, y un bonito efecto de quemado sobre el borde del hombro y la sombra de la clavícula.

Paso alto:

Este es quizás tan fácil como el módulo de enfoque, pero con algunas diferencias y un poco más de control. Es mucho mas definido y es mas fácil predecir el resultado final al ver la definición de bordes y ajustar el radio de desenfoque, o intensidad. Recuerda que luego de aplicar tus parámetros, debes aplicar el modo de mezcla a Luz suave para poder ver el resultado final y no solo la mascara con la salida de los bordes. En mi caso particular, me siento cómoda trabajando con estos números cuando se trata de piel:

enfoque: 25%
mejora del contraste: 35%
opacidad de la máscara: 80%

Mi flujo de trabajo personal para trabajar con piel ahora incluye trabajar tanto con el módulo ecualizador como con el módulo de paso alto, (si, me olvidé por completo del módulo de enfoque), pero cuando se trata de rostros, me gusta aplicar algunas máscaras parametricas al módulo de paso alto para definir distintos niveles de enfoque en la piel (los rostros son mas difíciles)

Acá esta el resultado final utilizando mi combo personal (ecualizador + paso alto). Espero que les resulte tan útil como a mi :)


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Los proyectos OpenSource son el tipo de cosas que verdaderamente cambian la vida de alguien. Lo usamos en prácticamente todo sin saberlo, porque las tecnologías avanzan mas rápido que nunca, y mejoran en cada segundo que pasa. sin embargo, olvidamos que el software, aplicaciones y todo eso esta hecho por humanos y no máquinas. Tener la oportunidad de pasar tiempo nuevamente en el evento Gráfico mas importante del mundo luego de 6 anos es algo que te hace volver a tus raíces y te recuerda como es el verdadero ambiente de las TI.

Tuve la oportunidad de ver viejos amigos que no había visto en muchos años, conocer nuevos amigos, y pasar tiempo con mis heroes de la comunidad, pero sobre todo, tuve la oportunidad de hacer algo que en realidad disfruto. Y es en ese momento cuando le pones una cara a quienes hacen el software que utilizas a diario cuando la comunidad verdaderamente cobra significado. No puedo estar mas que agradecida con todos los organizadores del LGM quienes hicieron esta experiencia posible para mi.

Entonces, que fue el LGM para mi?

vine a mi primera conferencia luego de casi 6 años sin estar directamente involucrada en ninguna comunidad (excepto algunos eventos locales pequeños de Fedora, organizar el FLISoL y mantener la traducción al español de Darktable), y eso me recordó todo lo que había tenido que dejar atrás para organizar una vida relativamente sustentable como humano. Sin embargo, me mostró también cuanto lo extrañaba, y que tan util era sin siquiera saberlo. Es un entorno increíble donde incluso la pieza mas pequeña de recurso humano es completamente necesaria. Ser auto sustentable es difícil, pero no imposible. Así que, dejemos la charla y hablemos sobre lo que pude hacer mientras estuve en el LGM.

Desarrollando fotografías de naturaleza con Software Libre – Anna nos dejo ver su flujo de trabajo y compartió algunas imágenes complejas para motivarnos a realizar ediciones mas complejas. Fue muy bueno ver como otro fotógrafo trabaja con las mismas herramientas que uso de forma diaria y comparar nuestras formas de edición para mejorar.

No hay diseño sin investigación – Porqué y como incorporamos practicas de investigación de diseño a nuestros proyectos de Software Libre – La presentación de Belen fue probablemente la mas carismática y honesta (y real) de todo el LGM. Ella enfatizó en el tema de que si no comprendemos a los usuarios, no podemos tener una aplicación que sea verdaderamente util y atractiva para la comunidad. Con sus fabulosos tips seremos capaces de entender mejor a nuestra base de usuarios sin mucho esfuerzo.

Reunión comunitaria de PIXLS.US para la PERSPECTIVA DEL USUARIO en el modelo de patrocinios – Pat es definitivamente una de las personas mas felices y animadas que he conocido en los últimos años. Una voz profunda con una actitud divertida, pero mucho profesionalismo, es la llave para mantener una comunidad tan exitosa como lo es PIXLS.us , me animó a volver a realizar mis tutoriales, a volver a es parte creativa que me gustaba hacer, y me ayudará a curar y mejorar mis capacidades visuales con la ayuda de una de las mejores comunidades.

Convirtiendo a la comunidad en una empresa – Estos fueron mis dos centavos al LGM. Como usuarios, desarrolladores y miembros de la comunidad a veces olvidan que de hecho tenemos que hacer algo para poder tener una vida sustentable, y la mayoría de los colaboradores en un punto de sus vidas terminan siendo abrumados por la experiencia de tener un trabajo separado del trabajo comunitario y sus responsabilidades. En mi presentación, trate de mostrar los resultados que he tenido al unir mi empresa a la forma de trabajo y funcionamiento de una comunidad de OpenSource, poder tener un lugar donde las personas se sientan inspiradas a crear y aprender, donde no hayan grandes corporaciones involucradas en la toma de decisiones, donde todos seamos libres de estar el tiempo que queramos estar mientras estemos cómodos. sin embargo, también pude hablar de un proyecto mas personal en el cual he tenido una respuesta de mucho mas interés del que esperaba. Comenzaré a trabajar en este nuevo proyecto en los próximos meses, y este blog será el punto inicial de información del mismo.

(Sensual) Fotografía de retratos y post producciónStefan nos mostró junto a la hermosisima modelo/fotógrafa Ewa como interactuar con modelos en el sitio. Como fotógrafos, no muchos de nosotros hemos tenido la oportunidad de dirigir una producción de la forma en la que el lo hace. También logramos ver su flujo de trabajo y compararlo con el nuestro, al final, obtuvimos una clase magistral de edición.

Nuestro cumpleaños!!! 10 años de darktable – Probablemente el momento mas importante para mi en todo este LGM fue conocer a Jo (hanatos). He sido usuaria de darktable por tanto años que finalmente conocer a quien construyó esta aplicación fue como un sueño hecho realidad. Pasar tanto tiempo con hanatos y houz, escuchar como llegan a estas ideas para nuevos módulos y flujos de trabajo, y tener la oportunidad de mostrarles como utilizo su aplicación y verla desde un punto de vista diferente (y de hecho mostrarle cosas que ellos no usaban) fue la mejor sensación del mundo. Le debo mucho a estos chicos, darktable es una parte importante de mi vida.

Como los diseñadores pueden mejorar el estado del diseño de las comunidades FLOSS – La última reunion del evento, y una forma de obtener mas ideas sobre como los diseñadores pueden realmente a ayudar a proyectos reales a mejorar su visión ante los usuarios.

De nuevo, estoy mas que agradecida por tener la oportunidad de ser parte de este ecosistema. A veces las responsabilidades diarias cortan nuestro tiempo y no nos permiten hacer las cosas que realmente amamos, pero es momento de poner algo de organización y lograr volver al buen camino. Intentaré comenzar postear mas regularmente sobre algunas cosas mas especificas de la experiencia del LGM, pero también en algunos temas que me interesan, dejando las cosas obligatorias y sin sentido de lado… así que, volvemos!


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Hace años vi un artículo de Jonathanmh sobre Archlinux y quería redactar uno similar. Pero había quedado en borrador hasta que conseguí el tiempo para hacerlo.

Mi cambio a Archlinux fue en el 2006 (puedes leer mi opinión en este momento) y sigo usándolo luego de mas de una década. Las razones suelen ser las mismas pero ahora les compartiré mis razones del por qué sigo usando esta gran distribución.

  • La principal razón de seguir usando Arch Linux es su naturaleza de liberación contínua (rolling-release en inglés). Esto significa que a diferencia de la mayoría de la distribuciones de Linux, no hay versiones como tal. Sólo el instalador tiene versiones con los paquetes actualizados. Esto permite tener actualizado tu equipo todo el tiempo sin tener que formatear el equipo o hacer una actualización formal para pasar a la siguiente versión. De hecho después de usar esta distro tanto tiempo mucha gente me pida ayuda en la instalación, pero en realidad lo hecho como 3 o 4 veces, cada vez que compro una nueva computadora.
  • Me gusta tener el software actualizado, en Arch siempre se busca tener la última versión estable. No es necesario esperar a la siguiente versión de la distribución para tener la nueva versión. Disfruta siempre de tener lo último en actualizaciones y seguridad.
  • AUR (Archlinux User Repository) es un sitio donde podrás instalar el resto del software no incluido en los repositorios oficiales. Son unos conjuntos de scripts para instalar y actualizar todo tipo de software. Inclusive puedes encontrar la misma aplicación con distintos parches para ofrecer distintas funcionalidades. Inclusive puedes tener la versión de desarrollo (del repositorio GIT por ejemplo) integrado al gestor de paquetes.
  • Arch no instala basura, algo que me gusta de esta distribución es como solo instala lo que le pido. En otras distribuciones a veces para instalar una aplicación se deben instalar otros paquetes adicionales y cuando se quieren tener distintas versiones de una librería o programa, se crean problema con las distintas dependencias.
  • Existe mucha documentación en la red. Casi cualquier tarea es posible resolverla con visitar la wiki, foros y blogs de otras personas. La comunidad es muy receptiva y encontrarás como realizar casi cualquier tarea de tu equipo.

Básicamente esas son las principales razones por las que uso Arch Linux. He durado con instalaciones de cinco años sin tener que formatear ni llenarme de espacio innecesario. Rara vez he tenido problemas de actualización, solo debes revisar el sitio oficial por si se requiere hacer algo manualmente. Es muy estable y rápida.

¿Usas o has probado Archlinux? Comenta y dime tus experiencias con esta distribución. Tanto buenas o malas.


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Hace unos días escribí sobre el cierre de Linux Counter. Luego al revisar el sitio Planeta Linux. ¡Me entero que también cerró! Ha sido una semana nostálgica para mi respecto al mundo de Linux. Pues han cerrado dos sitios que les seguía la pista por muchos años.

¿Qué era Planeta Linux?

Planeta Linux fue un proyecto realizado por varios programadores (principalmente Damog) promotores del software libre en Latinoamérica. La idea era compartir los artículos de Linux de distintas bitacoras de tecnología de distintos países. Pues cuando se creó el sitio, el contenido se compartía principalmente en blogs. Las redes sociales eran prácticamente inexistentes. Gracias a este sitio podías leer sobre lo que ocurrió sobre Linux en tu país.

Cierre de la página

Sin embargo en los últimos años, los blogs personales han decaído y pocas personas seguían escribiendo sobre Linux. Por lo tanto el contenido empezó a estancarse. El contenido de Linux a migrado a sitios empresariales y sitios dedicados a Linux, ya es muy poco el contenido de sitios personales. Además, es mas fácil conseguir contenido actualizado desde las redes sociales.

En fin, fue el cierre de un gran sitio. Recuerdo la emoción de cuando aceptaron mi blog en ese sitio. Recibí muchas visitas desde allí y me encantaba entrar cada cierto tiempo para ver el contenido del mismo. Pero los tiempos cambian y toca adaptarse a ellos.

Gracias Planeta Linux.

Nota de cierre de Planeta Linux
Mensaje de cierre de Planeta Linux

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