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So here we are.

I've gotten rid of the Wordpress install in favour of something more elegant and simple, and something that adheres to the new phase of computing simplicity I wish to immerse myself into.

While hacking/intrusions are by no means unique to the Wordpress platform, I do get tired of seeing the horde of lame intrusion attempts to my blog in the logs. I added a modicum of security to the installation that circumvents it, but it augments a belief that you're still at the mercy of the Wordpress platform to keep things secure.

In spite of repeated attempts over time, the PHP language remains largely opaque to me, so even if I wanted to get under the bonnet and see how things ticked, I was at a loss.

Which brings us to the present moment. Over the last few weeks, my interest in the Linux platform has been rekindled. Let me explain that better.

I have been using Linux intermittently since at least 1996 - Slackware days. The days where I couldn't get X running with my S3 card in my 486-DX2, no matter how hard I tried. No Google or DuckDuckGo, you see? Search engines were altervista (remember them?) and then Ask Jeeves slightly later. So, help was asked for on Usenet. Nope, still couldn't get X going.

I learned some valuable skills - getting modems to connect to the BBS I dwelled on at the time was challenging. Nowadays, things are easier in the Linux ecosystem to get on the Internet. It's all widgets and wizards.

Although I was running Linux Mint and LXLE on my K6 and laptop respectively, I always felt they were lacking in some way, particularly Mint which has added layers of complexity that get in the way. LXLE is a cute distro (if they can be cute) but I found it wanting.

Enter Arch Linux and the i3-gaps window manager.

While running Arch seems to be a kind of elitist badge of honour among some, I'm running it for a very simple reason: I get to control what I want installed. Apart from the basic things needed to actually run a Linux kernel and shell functions, you're at liberty to put whatever you want on it. True, you can do this with any distro, but it introduces more moving parts to your installation, and therefore more chances things will go belly-up.

After puzzling my way through UEFI boot loaders and getting my wi-fi dongle to work, I got Arch installed and then implemented a minimalist set of programs called LARBS which has provided me with a solid platform to spark my further interest in Linux and all things open source. As someone in filmdom once commented: Most impressive.

This is where I am right now. On my K6 computer, writing this entry in neovim, listening to music on ncmpdpp, reasonably content where things are computer-wise.

As a coda, I'll be transferring some of the old blog content over to this new platform. Some. Some of it isn't worth keeping.

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