Are Linux Updates Available? Status Information from Arch or Debian/Ubuntu for your status bar (e.g. i3blocks/i3status for i3 wm)

When you run Linux on your work machine (desktop, laptop, etc), you usually want to be informed in some way about system updates being available. This post showcases two scripts for Arch Linux and Debian/Ubuntu to represent the update status in short, concise, and human understandable string, which can be included in any status bar, like i3blocks or i3status with the i3/i3-gaps window manager.

Arch Linux: why you want to use it

If you have some Linux knowledge but are unsure which Linux distribution might be the right one for your personal PC or laptop this post is for you. I've recently held a talk titled "Arch Linux: why you want to use it". The talk highlights a) when/why you might want to use Arch Linux, b) that Arch is not difficult, and c) some core concepts of Arch you should be aware of.

SSH Proxy: Server and Client Side of Using an SSH User Without Shell as Proxy Server

Imagine you want one of your machines to become a proxy - for external users to be able to access local resources or the internet as if they were on that machine. You could run a dedicated proxy server for that - but if the machine provides SSH and you want an easy solution, you can use SSH as well - without risking any shell-related issues.