In April 2021 I decided to start using Arch Linux as a Desktop OS after testing it throughout 2020. I moved from Debian to Fedora at the start of 2021 and liked the experience but failed to grasp how to complete a Fedora minimal install and customize it with i3wm. Instead, I installed the default Fedora Workstation with Gnome as a DE and installed i3wm as an alternative. This worked great and I enjoyed it, however, I have decided to move to Arch as I find it is a superior learning experience than customizing Fedora Workstation.

Managing an Arch Linux…


The Man Pages for GCC compiler are not included by default on Debian 10 Buster and must be added by installing the Backport package named gcc-doc. To complete this task, I recommend you should add the Backports sources with options main contrib to your source files /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory on a file named buster-backports.list. You can do this with this command:

echo deb http://deb.debian.org/debian buster-backports main contrib | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/buster-backports.list

After this, run:

sudo apt update

And:

sudo apt install gcc gcc-doc

Now try running this to corroborate proper installation of GCC’s man pages.

man gcc

Note: You could also add the non-free option to your Backports source if you are interested in other unrelated non-free software later on, but it is not required for installing gcc-doc.

Originally published at https://blog.victoroalvarez.com.


Quiero entrar a tus sueños,
y así tu mente habitar.

Morir con tus miedos,
vivir con esperanza.

Así, una vez despiertes, despertar.

Para que tus sueños sean mis sueños.

Y mis sueños, no sean sueños más.

Photo by LSD for Society on Unsplash

Note: This is the Spanish version of my Daydream poem.


Compact OS is a Windows 10 system mechanism that allows an administrator to compress the installation files of Windows, reducing the storage utilized by the OS.

Short Tutorial

Follow this steps to compress your system installation files:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the Command Prompt app and select “ Run as administrator”. When prompted, select yes for administrator rights.
  3. Enter the following command to find out if your system is already compressed:
    Compact.exe /CompactOS:query
    If you see the message "The system is in Compact state", Windows is already compressed. If not, got to step 4 to compress your system.
  4. Now, use this command to compress your system, this process could take up to 20 minutes depending on your device:
    Compact.exe /CompactOS:always

Now your system should be compressed and you would have saved aproximately 3GB of space.

Victor O. Alvarez Torres

Software Developer and Computer Engineering student. Writes about technology and poetry. Creates glitch art. victoroalvarez.com/tree

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