nsg's blog

My thoughts since '05


One of the things I always liked with Ubuntu it is “A better Debian Unstable”. Same package format and OS layout. A reasonable mix between new packages, and stability and QA. I have been using Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Ubuntu Mate, Elementary OS, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu GNOME now for over a decade as my main distros and there is a reason for that, deb packages and the ecosystem.


One big thing for me over the last few years is containers, security confinement and sandboxes. It’s not a new thing, but in the Linux space a lot of interesting tooling around these technologies has appeared over the last years. One of them are Firejail, it’s a simple tool that can apply security constraints to an application. For example, I write this in the Markdown editor Abricotine now. All scary syscalls dropped, contained and in it’s own network namespace with no network access.

New Theme

Just a short update. I got bored of the old theme and replaced it with a theme called Blackburn. I also removed Disqus from the blog posts continuing the trend to make the blog less “bloggy”.

Pebble is no more

Well, the sad news was announced 10 days ago today. There had been rumors before that about what was happening and it was true. Fitbit was acquiring Pebble. Unfortunately not Pebble Inc but just the trademark and the technology. From the point of view of Fitbit I understand, they need a good operating system and it was cheaper to buy a finished one. Pebble Inc was in bad economic state and it would not have been that god deal to acquire Pebble Inc, cheaper to just let it default.

Plan B

In my Ubuntu Touch Phone experiment I have activated plan b, I have since yesterday reverted back to Android and this is why. My Meizu is still a interesting phone, fast with a nice screen and good camera (compared to my earlier phones). It’s super nice to have a real operating system there that I can manage like a normal computer. I like the idea to get some alternatives in between Android and iOS.

Phone Update

In about a week from now, I have had my Ubuntu Touch phone for two months. I have got used to some aspects of it but I still finds fun and interesting things to do with it. Is it a pain? Yes, indeed it is, more or less all applications that I daily use are worse than the Android equivalent and I have been thinking about the possibility to buy an Android phone, the Pixel do indeed looks interesting.


Time to integrate Nextcloud with my Ubuntu Phone, the calendar was easy because there are an option under accounts that is called “Owncloud”, I just added my Nextcloud account and my calendar was synced. Unfortunately I see no way to sync nether contacts or tasks with this method. I guess, the option will be there in a future OTA, I hope. The good thing is that it’s only the UI that’s missing, you can do plenty of things with the command syncevolution.


Nextcloud vs. Owncloud I have been using Owncloud for some time now hosted on one of my servers, it was setup mainly to sync calender and contacts to move away from Google Contacts and Calendar. It has been working nicely and I have also used it for document sync, and image sync from my phone. But things have happen in the Owncloud universe, and we now have a fork called Nextcloud.

The best year, again

This is the best year yet, and I think that I have said that for tree or four years now. Still plenty of things to complain about but overall everything is getting better for me. Yes, it’s once again one of these posts where I update you about my current state in life and it looks like I missed my chance this year to do the normal “new years yearly update” so here it is!

Let's Encrypt

Since December last year I have thought about Let’s Encrypt and that is something I should use for my sites and other services that needs HTTPS. Yesterday I finally took the time to move this site to HTTPS, I guess http/2 is the next logical step but that’s another day! A few short words about Let’s Encrypt if you are not completely up to date. Let’s Encrypt is a initiative to offer completely free ordinary X.