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How Linux systems boot

So basically your system looks for a disk to boot. On UEFI systems there will be a partition at the beginning of the disk containing the bootloader and everything it needs to boot the system like system drivers, init system and a kernel. The bootloader will be executed by the UEFI, it will start running and loads the initramfs in to memory. The initramfs is a basic root filesystem containing everything the system needs to boot. Initramfs will have drivers for the filesystem and other things it needs to ...

Pinephone - nearly 2 months in with Mobian

So far I am really satisfied with the Pinephone. It's a very nice piece of affordable hardware. I have been running Mobian since pretty much right after I received the phone, I have been keeping a close eye on the Mobian git page, reported any bugs I encountered and supported feature requests I liked. The main feature request I am hyped for is an image using F2FS on root. F2FS tends to perform a bit better on flash storage devices, it's also what I usually choose for my root file system on the desktop. ...

Pinephone - First impression and tweaking fun!

My old piece-of-crap phone was dying, so I decided to invest in a new one. I am not the most familiar with the smartphone market nor the Aarch64 (ARM) platform, but I do know that the majority of consumer devices are horrible locked-down garbage which heavily rely on proprietary software and firmware to work properly. And besides that Android is just boring to use, Apple devices were never an option. I had been following the development of the LibreM 5 and Pinephone for a few years already and a Linux phone...

How did I get in to Linux?

I first encountered Linux during my college IT study, it was in 2014-something. The first distro I used was Debian 6, right before the release of Debian 7. I used it to setup web servers. Over the next couple of years I returned to Debian and Ubuntu a few times, just to play with it in a virtual machine for a bit. In 2017 while I was studying application development I decided to try using Linux on my laptop which I used for college. I liked it, it got the job done. I used Ubuntu for a few days, then quic...

Origin story, how did I get in to IT?

Someone asked me; how did you get in to IT? Where did you learn your skills? This was my answer. Yes it's written very informal compared to other posts on the blog because it was written in a private chat. I started learning when I started pirating software around 12. But I started with zero at that point, took me a while to figure basic stuff out. This way I became quite capable. Even then my skills were limited, and I was only interested in video games. When I was 16 I went to college to start my sy...