Castero, podcast listener in terminal

by parasurv

I just love simplicity in terminal, and after I got back to my RSS reading habit thanks to Newsbeuter and later elfeed in Emacs, I am intend to that with podcast listening. I quickly found castero, which is my first candidate.

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Ncmpcpp, favorite Linux music player

by parasurv

When I listen to music, I like simplicity. I have the music on my HDD, and while I have a Spotify account, I haven't used it for months. Most music I listen to I download from youtube via youtube-dl (check your repositories for download). It has a GUI, but I use it from command line via a pre-defined alias which takes care of things since the program itself first and foremost is for downloading videos.

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What game I would buy this week (February 2019)

by parasurv

We are living in the golden age of Linux gaming and Windows gaming on Linux! Here are some games I would buy this week. GOG has a great sale and Steam has a Lunar New Year Sale too for all of you (and me) Pigs!

Here are some of my recommendations. My personal policy is, if you can get something from GOG, you buy on GOG! Long live DRMFree gaming! Because we don't need a client and we are certainly not lazy to manage our files. If you want to do that, Lutris 0.5 now supports GOG games too!

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Parasurv's Random Links #6

by parasurv

Weekend is coming and I thought it's time for another random links. This time I focused on some Linux-y, and game stuff. Enjoy!

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Favorite terminal software: ncdu

by parasurv

I think this is going to be a new series, rather than just pages in the wiki. While I am not a programmer or a sysadmin, I like to use the command line for certain tasks, as I like minimalistic systems. In these series of posts I will introduce you some of my favorites, and maybe you'll like them too.

Ncdu is a command line disk space analyzer. Simple as that. After you install it, type the command


in terminal and it will analyze the files and space of the current directory or partition. You can navigate (but never go above) in the place where you started.

The directories and files are automatically ordered with the biggest in size at the top, which makes it extra useful as you'll instantly know what takes up the largest space at that location.

Now if you want to delete or move something you need to use another software, as ncdu only knows one thing: show.

I recommend ranger which is a keyboard-driven file manager in the terminal, but that will be another post sometime in the future. :)


Reddit in terminal with rtv

by parasurv

I have to say that I have a long love-hate relationship with reddit. The site that nobody likes, yet they read it, use it probably daily, and people shit on each other constantly. Reddit is the nameless site when you say to your friends: "I have read somewhere on the internet...".

It's sad state, since the site is just like any other social site. If people are decent, the community will thrive and becomes a really good place! So check the subreddits and see if you find something you like. I myself read some of it, check my favorites!

I love using the terminal for a lots of things, so a while ago I searched for a software that I can use for reading reddit. I myself don't really post there, but reading is another matter.

Here comes rtv!

Rtv, a.k.a. reddit terminal viewer. Interestingly though, you can vote and post with it too! You can probably find it in the repository of your distro, if not you can find it on github, where you can see screenshots of this timewaster!

This gem will surprise people since it has clipboard support, themes (built-in or create yourself!), keyboard navigation and easy way to define browsers for opening and text editors for posting on reddit. Help is also amazing with all kind of shortcuts. The best is that you don't need an account for just reading!

This is a demo, from logging in and navigating through reddit...

While I use the command line for many years (should I write decades, since I have experience with DOS too?), I am still amazed how much function we can do just with a text interface.

As always I put rtv on a separate workspace from the start, and with a set window size too for easier reading.


The League of Legends Experiment

by parasurv

This is my short story about trying to play League of Legends on Linux, and how I become a fan...

MOBA games..

I don't have a long time relationship with MOBA games, although I could say that I got an early introduction to DOTA 2 through my first Steam friend. Back then it wasn't on Linux, but I could still play it via Wine. I am proud to say that I have a 50% winrate, 1 win and 1 loss. :) But to play it on a decent level it requires so much time to learn, that I couldn't dedicate myself to one game.

Years later I heard about Strife, a new MOBA from the creators of Heroes of Newerth (the first MOBA on Linux), it was native, so I jumped on it, which I regreted later. Every night I was dumped on, verbally humiliated. I wanted to learn the game so much, but I got so much shit in only 1 week, that I had to quit.

In 2015 I got into the Heroes of the Storm beta, a little bit late, but still. Very playable via Wine, since it used the same engine as Starcraft 2. And finally a friendly MOBA. People rarely flamed each other, and we get to play our favorite characters from the Blizzard-verse. So awesome.

Of course later the MOBA-rage got to me, cost me a mouse and a cheap headphone. It took me several months of break, here and there, from the game to appreaciate it, how lucky I am to play it.

The game however in recent months turned to shit, and I also had technical difficulties playing the game, even with a brand new graphics card. It was nothing new though, as most patch straight up broke the game on Linux every time. Lutris has a nice installer script though.

League of extra special circumstances

Since there is no pro-scene anymore for HotS after a month+ silence Blizzard cancelling the pro league out of the blue (people say it was excpected, but even most pros said, they were only expecting cuts), and most of my favorite people moved to League of Legends, I looked into it. I heard it was always trouble to play on Linux, but we have Lutris now, which seemed reliable.

First install didn't worked for some reason, but you need some packages to run it properly (general Wine stuff), second install went really well. Meanwhile I registered a new account, and I could finally play the game.

Tutorial was alright. Get to try out many heroes...ahem, champions. You get one free. You can get also shard which makes champions a little bit cheaper. Pretty nice. Otherwise every frakking item looks pricey. If I am still playing the game by March, I maybe buy something. Otherwise I am just a f2p player, since Heroes was enough for the last 3+ years.

You get stuff for leveling up, so this is nice. In HotS you get a frakking lootbox, with pretty useless stuff for a new player. You have to grind for gold to buy someone. Brr... Here you get blue essence or a free champ in the first 10 levels. Half of my champs are free or come from champion shards, which is basically a cupon for that champion.

In LoL you have in-game currency from the start, called blue essence. That helps a lot. I already have 14 champions. For ranked games you need 20 champions and level 30. I am not rushing. In Heroes I made the mistake to start playing hero league as soon as I could. Never again. LoL is also harder: gazillion characters, items, lanes, and shitty behavior. Everybody thinks they are the next world champion, but we are just iron players. Iron is the new league below bronze. I know I will pretty much belong there.

I play for fun however. So far I am so tilt proof it's funny. I was never banned or silenced in Hots, but still. I just want to play my character better than the last time. Try not to die too much, and focus on last hitting. I already feel that my position will be top/mid, because they are the lonely lanes. I liked playing solo laner in Hots too, I was relatively good at it, at least on my level (low-gold, hehe) Because of that I started playing draft mode already, since in this your role is more garantueed. I weirdly also like playing support. They don't need to last hit to earn gold, instead it comes from an item, and you need to hit enemies.

My favorite champions are varied. At first it was Garen, Darius and Brand. Then Nautilus and Nasus (support and a tank/jungler). Now it's Veigar, and mages. last one is a weird one, because he plays like Chromie from Hots. I didn't like her, but I am better with Brand. Maybe the game is more responsive? To be honest LoL is for the flashy players most of the time.

I also discovered that unlike in Hots I like playing as a support, and in this game they are not heal bots, but sometimes tanky, stun people, and I like that. I like Nautilus and Brand so far, two different characters though...

But I am not one, by nature. I am also not the young, target demo, so I will settle with my lonely role, hehe.

The only role that I don't like to play is jungle, and you don't even have to last hit, "just" killing monsters in the jungle and occasionally gank somebody, when the opportunity arise. Recent days I like to play mid more and more, especially Veigar. That little shit is just such a troll, especially if I get some boots, and I am flanking, hehe.

Anyway probably this won't be the only post about League of Legends, and I hope I can continue to play.


Parasurv's Random Links #5

by parasurv

Here is 2019's first random links, because why not? I have like 500+ unread articles in my RSS reader, so I hope plenty of things to choose from.

Linux and FLOSS

Jonathan Blow, everybody's favorite game developer (honestly I think he is overrated and he has bigger ego than Steve Jobs). He tells us what would take him to develop for Linux. Also please don't buy Planetary Annihilation (I regret it very much and I haven't touched it in years), because the main dev is just nuts ("would totally skip Linux"). Oh and btw, The Witness is the most overrated crap you can play. I am happy that we don't get his games on Linux. Instead go play The Talos Principle, because that game is awesome!

2019 tech predictions: From open source battles to the cloud war.

I used to watch FLOSS Weekly, but I am not really fan of the whole Twit gang anymore. I don't even know who is there, who is not there. This episode is about Nextcloud update though, might worth to check it out.

A nice test and installation guide for the latest, Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa.

It's sad that in their latest article the Linux Insider praises Steam for their contribution to Linux, while we forget that Steam is a typical 21st century corporation, which means they are in it only for the money. If they could see profit in it, they would not invest in our little operating system. Just like Microsoft or Google does. The article is not just about gaming, but their summary about Linux for the past year.

Arch Linux has a new ISO, and with the new Linux kernel 4.20.

If you are using Deepin, you might be interested in How to install League of Legends via PlayOnLinux, personally Lutris works just fine with the game.

Ubuntu 18.10 review from Everyday Linux User

What are the best Linux distros for 2019? The one that works, I say! However here is a list from LinOxide.

Extra spicy

I usually don't share these kind of stuff, but this is a very good and short video about the current western political climate. It might be as hot as the real climate, and I wouldn't bet who will kill humans first.

Jonathan Pie: We've Reached Peak Nazi