As I keep exploring alternatives to Google services, I thought I’d move on to email providers which can replace the ever-present Gmail. Obviously, I could move on to another one of the major providers, such as iCloud,, or even Yahoo, but since I want to try and rely less on major companies, I won’t be bothering.

For those that can’t be bothered reading through a lenghty piece, here is a shortened version in video format:

Gmail: good service, bad practices

Gmail is probably one of the best designed webmails. It looks good (even though it’s a bit on the blinding white side these…

Lutris Website,

This article is meant to be a companion to the video below, containing most commands mentioned in said video. You should definitely watch it first, and follow the instructions afterwards, since the article won’t give any context !


these commands are provided as-is, and should work for most users. They still will modify your system, and as such, are not risk-free. If you don’t know what you’re doing, or don’t want to risk your system’s integrity, DO NOT follow these instructions. I won’t feel or accept any responsibility if you wreck your system.

Also, these commands might change with…

Now that I stopped using Google as a search engine, and that Chrome or any Blink-based browser has no place on my hard drive, it’s time to move on to other services. Something I use quite often, mostly on my phone, is Google Maps. It’s fast, complete, it’s widely available, and it has a very nice interface. It also sends your every search, movement, and itinerary to Google, which I’m not comfortable with anymore.

I’ve taken a look at a few alternatives to Google Maps, here is what I found !

Don’t have time to read this ? …

I mostly ran Debian or Ubuntu-based distributions since I started using Linux in 2006. My first introduction to Linux was with Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake, on a crappy laptop whose wifi card struggled to stay connected to my barely DSL-class network.

At that time, the most realistic options were Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or Fedora, and RPMs always rubbed me the wrong way. Rolling release distros already existed, but their state was less than desirable, with huge stability issues. Since then, the rolling release model has been perfected, and Arch linux has sprouted a bunch of derivatives, such as Manjaro and Antergos.

I recently changed my computer, going from a 17'’ laptop with relatively mid-tier specs, to a beefier desktop PC. Since I was making a change, I thought I could also switch from team blue/green to team red, so I opted for a full AMD build. AMD on Linux has often been praised for the quality of its open source drivers and the ease of use and installation, so I was expecting perfectly smooth sailing.

Cable management is still a mess, but I’ll take care of it, I swear !

While almost everything went great, there have been a few disappointments along the way. Let’s take a look.

Installing on the machine

This PC is an upper-mid range computer. I…

Microsoft has recently been the latest company to announce that their browser would put away its own engine to switch to Blink, the Google-driven fork of Webkit that powers Chrome, and, turns out, most of the available browsers these days. Edge used its own engine, and, while it worked all right, Microsoft decided that it just wasn’t getting the job done.

Seriously, this is Internet Explorer without the oumoded “swoosh”.

Wether the engine was the reason of Edge’s alledged failure is not the point here, even though I feel the slow adoption of that browser was due to its graphical association to Internet Explorer (as in “its logo looks…

Google is everywhere, Google has everything. Even if you’re not directly using their services, chances are the ones you do make use of their APIs, of some piece of code they developed, some technology they brought to the world, or even just their servers. Google has contributed a lot to the open source world, and has reshaped the way we use the web.

Damn. This is embarassing. Source:

They haven’t done so just to help people, though. Google has strayed very far away from their “Don’t be evil” mantra, going so far as to ditching it. …

Designing interfaces is a specific branch of graphic design that can be achieved with standard tools, such as GIMP, Photoshop, or Inkscape, but greatly benefits from having a dedicated set of tools. Adobe recognized this, and started working on Adobe XD, which is still kinda barebones at the moment, but is slowly making a name for itself among UX designers and Product Owners alike.

Sure, you can design user interfaces with GIMP, but would you want to if there was another tool available ?

Designing interfaces on Linux is harder. Sure, we have the usual suspects, GIMP and Inkscape, but they are not geared towards this kind of use. Apart from that, you have a few electron apps, such as…

Some nice productivity software ! Who doesn’t like productivity software ? Ok, ok, it’s mostly a necessary tool than a passion, but these tools are still important to use. Let’s take a little walk down serious lane and check out your options on elementary OS (and Linux in general).

For those who don’t like to read (these exist, I’ve heard), here is a little video recap:

For those with the time and patience, here’s my roundup.


Let’s start with the one everybody knows on Linux, Libre Office. Libre Office is the continuation of the Open Office project, gathering most…

While I’m thoroughly enjoying my experience with elementary OS 0.4 Loki thus far, I’m still french, and, as such, eternally insatisfied.

In my daily experience, some small quirks of the pantheon desktop and apps still pop-up from time to time, and I thought I’d list them here, and the potential solutions I found to deal with them.

Window Management :

Oh how I love this client side decoration thing. You know, the fact that almost no window on elementary OS has a dedicated title bar, that utter waste of pixels that only shows windows controls and the program’s title ?

Wait. These title…

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Thirty (something) years old french guy, working as a Product Owner in Brest, Brittany, and passionnate about Linux, computing, and video games.

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