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7-Day Linux Challenge: Day 2

Note: It would help to read Day 1’s blog post before reading onto Day 2. It also gives my experience with installing it on my Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop.

I am going to simply give a brief summary of what happened today. I went ahead and used Windows while at school, and it’s for a specific reason. I tried to use Linux at school when I got a small amount of free time, but something didn’t work, and I will not be disclosing what specifically went wrong for personal reasons, although I had to go back to using Windows.

Anyways, after getting home from school, I went ahead and started to use Linux. Interestingly enough, Roblox, which I had trouble with on Day 1 (as the game would appear to be just a white rectangle when using Wine + Grapejuice), stated to work. I did run pacman -Syu nvidia or something similar to that, though, to make sure my Nvidia drivers were updated, and this was while at school, so I later rebooted into Windows and then back into Linux.

Anyways, I played on Roblox with my friend. Some people would call that cringe, for someone my age to be playing it, but I enjoyed it, and me playing didn’t cause any harm.

While in Roblox, I went ahead and installed Soundux. Soundux is a soundboard software that was recommended to me by my friends who use Linux. It also is available on Windows, although I have experienced some issues with it on Windows.

The installation of Soundux was quite simple, and I copied and pasted my SFX folder from Windows to the a folder I selected by making a new tab. One cool thing is that subfolders in Soundux also work on Linux, and the issue I was having with Soundux hopefully won’t happen. It was basically plug-and-play, though, as I turned down my volume and was able to play sounds through my soundboard. No software like VoiceMeeter needed. My friend Blocks_n_more recommended I use EasyEffects for my wants of being able to turn my microphone on/off and change the gain as I would in VoiceMeeter, and he said that Soundux has a passthrough when I described how the “VoiceMeeter Aux Input” audio output could be selected by software to route PC audio through my mic. Hopefully things work as well when I get these things set up later.

Additionally, I found out how to get the taskbar on my second monitor. I might have forgotten to mention this in Day 1, but I was thinking to myself about whether or not I wanted a taskbar on my second monitor. After using my PC for a bit, I realized that I indeed want it, and I figured it was just a System Setting, right?

Nope, but it’s a lot cooler than that. You can right click the taskbar and click “Enter Edit Mode” to enter KDE Plasma’s awesome and customizable edit mode. I didn’t even need to look up a tutorial to figure out how it worked – I simply played around with a bit and realized that the taskbar is actually just some widgets inside of a panel, with a height of 44 and whatnot. I added a second taskbar to my monitor, but I wasn’t able to get it to look exactly like my main taskbar. That’s somerthing I can figure out another day.

Now that I think about it, I will have to figure out how to set up automated backup tasks for my VPS. I usually use Task Scheduler to run batch files at scheduled times for when I leave my PC on overnight, meaning on nights where I don’t have school the next day, and these batch files use WinSCP for SSH with my SSH keys and all to grab the directories and download them. I’m sure a .sh script will work, but I will have to figure out how I can get that made properly.

That’s all for now, though. I’ve been enjoying my experience with endeavourOS. There is a specific feature a specific (paid) program can add that is available on some platforms for me to be able to use Linux, at school but I won’t disclose what it is for a while for reasons. In the future, I probably will say what it was and why.

Thanks for reading!

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