MintBox 3 disponível

O MintBox3, o computador desenvolvido pela Compulab em parceria com o projeto Linux Mint, chegou. O equipamento está disponível em duas edições, Basic e Pro, e vem com a versão mais recente da distribuição, Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia, pré-instalada.

Esta é a quinta interação do MintBox. A estética mantém-se semelhante às versões anteriores e apresenta uma boa capacidade de processamento, para além de algumas características interessantes, como uma quantidade bastante grande de portas USB (9 na versão Basic e 10 na versão Pro).

No que toca a especificações, elas são as seguintes:


  • CPU: Intel i5 9500
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • Disco: 256GB NVMe Samsung
  • Gráfica: Intel UHD 630
  • Rede: Dual Gbit Ethernet e WiFi 802.11ac


  • CPU: Intel i9 9900K
  • RAM: 32GB Dual channel DDR4 2666MHz
  • Disco: 1TB NVMe Samsung
  • Gráfica: Intel 630 UHD e Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • Rede: Dual Gbit Ethernet e WiFi 802.11ac

A versão Basic começa nos 1399 dólares e a Pro nos 2499 dólares. Estes preços não são lá muito simpáticos mas, ainda assim, uma boa forma de apoiar o projeto Linux Mint e de conseguir utilizar o Google Chrome sem que o computador se “engasgue” muito.


Updates on my Arch/Manjaro repository

Ever since Carlos Silva left a comment on my last post about this repository, I was left wondering if it wouldn’t be better to migrate my current VM to Scaleway. The price/specs seemed better and for the marginal difference of €1 I would get a dual-core virtual machine with 2GB of RAM and 50Gb of disk space.

After a couple of weeks of reflection, I bought a “Start1-S” VPS for €3,99/month and I’ve been (successfully) testing aurto to manage the repository updates. Things have been working out so great that I bought the domain.

(I will add a certificate to the website, I promise!)

The address has all the instructions for you to add it to your system. But in case you can’t visit right now, here’s what you need to add to the /etc/pacman.conf file:

Server =
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll

I remind you, dear reader, that this repo only contains AUR packages.


I’ve built a Manjaro repository

Due to my own dumbness (I mistakenly deleted my Ubuntu partition), I installed Manjaro, using the Manjaro Architect release, on my laptop. I’d been thinking about doing it for a while and finally made it because I was too stupid to read the instructions from cfdisk. The shit you create yourself because you’re in a hurry…

Anyway, after installing Manjaro, I started reading a bit about this distro packaging and how I could leverage AUR and binary packages. Inspired by the work of Arcan1s, I bought a cheap VPS from OVH [almost €3/month] and built my repository using Arcan1s scripts. It took a bit of fiddling around the config file and the scripts to customize it to the VPS low raw power, but I eventually got it.

One thing you’ll notice is the packages are not signed. I do intend to start signing them but I don’t have a time frame for that just yet.

If you want to try out my repository, made from AUR packages, add this to your /etc/pacman.conf file:

Server =$arch
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll

The server checks for updates for the packages every 6 hours. This is mainly due to the fact that the VPS is low end – only 1vCPU @2GHz, 2GB of RAM and 20GB of disk space.