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Really enjoying my ThinkPad X230 running Ubuntu (it's my "learning new stuff" machine for now), but the one thing that I do miss from my Macbook every single time is the high resolution display and especially the smooth text rendering. There's no getting around it, text looks bad on this low-res screen.

Is it stupid to try to get back into by using something like spacemacs.org/? Should one start building a config from scratch instead?

It's been 14 years since I last actively used Emacs for anything, so I forgot most of the keybindings, and overall just got completely used to Vim.

🎵 Et quand on n'est pas programmé pour faire un foin, je ne pense pas à demain, parce que demain, c'est loin.

‪Guy intensely picking his nose on the train while reading a book titled “How to be right”‬

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Oh, you can get rid of the title bar in Firefox, great. How about the other apps?

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Anyhow, I was able to setup my environment rather painlessly and even managed to get some work done on the machine! Loving it so far.

TODO:
- Try to get the fingerprint scanner to work
- Try to get AirPlay to work
- Figure out how to better work with i3
- If staying in Gnome, find a more compact theme
- Figure out Japanese and Chinese input
- Figure out why tmux isn't working the same as on Mac
- Find a good timer app for work

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Another difference is that I keep control-clicking stuff expecting a contextual menu to pop up, ha.

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I'm porting my config files, which I had created on macOS. So far the biggest hurdle, as expected, is that the user homedir is under /User on mac and under /home in Linux. For some reason shortening it to ~ in .zshrc and so on isn't acceptable.

Will have to think how to deal with that before pushing the updated version to github.

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The keyboard on the ThinkPad is really really nice. Much more pleasing to type on than the one on my Macbook.

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Giving a try to i3 now. Feels like I'll need to spend some time customising it, but it might better suit my needs (and the low-res screen) than Gnome.

One lesson learned is that settings don't necessarily carry over from one WM to another, which makes sense. For example, I remapped my CapsLock key to Ctrl under Gnome, but this doesn't apply under i3.

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What IMAP client do people recommend for Linux? I use MailMate on my mac and I'm very happy with that.

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This seems to say that libgphoto2 supports tethered capture with the Fujifilm GFX 50S (our aforementioned big-ass medium format camera). That's good news! github.com/gphoto/libgphoto2/i

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I think that last part will be the biggest challenge. Having software fail on you during a stressful, time-sensitive shoot is NOT FUN, and it will be hard to beat Capture One. Let's see.

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The other part of my photography practice is commercial. We go on location with a laptop, tether a big-ass medium format camera to it, and shoot few dozen gigabytes worth of pictures into Capture One. As far as I can tell, there's nothing like Capture One on Linux, and C1 itself doesn't run in Wine. So I might have to cobble together a solution. There's something called Entangle (entangle-photo.org/) and the gphoto2 library (gphoto.org/doc/remote/), so it could be possible in theory...

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However, I use a Photoshop plugin called ColorPerfect (colorperfect.com/colorperfect.) to convert negative scans, and AFAIK there's no way for it to work on Linux, as I don't think Gimp is fully compatible with the Photoshop plugin spec (am I wrong?). I guess this could be partially mitigated by running Photoshop in Wine, but that kind of defeats the point of using Linux in the first place... (cont'd)

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