qutebrowser

Searx: moving away from DuckDuckGo

The metasearch engine open source project Searx might be what you are looking for in terms of private web search

3 minute read

I have been using DuckDuckGo as my search engine of choice for the last few years. Howerver, DuckDuckGo seems to have a few problems:

  1. It is based in the US, arguably not the most privacy-respecting jurisdiction in the world.
  2. Only part of their source code is open.
  3. Uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a cloud provider and Cloudfare CDS.
  4. It looks like their browser was caught tracking visited websites per user.
  5. At the end of the day, you can’t really know that they are telling the truth when they promise not to track you.

In this post, I’m discussing Searx, a better alternative to DuckDuckGo that is truly open and driven by the community.

My Linux setup (as of 11/2021)

Description of my daily Linux setup as of November 2021

7 minute read

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about my Linux setup at the time. Well, understandably a lot of things have changed since then, and instead of updating a two year old post, I think writing a new one from scratch with the same principle and using the same template makes more sense. It is always fun to go back and read these old posts, and I fully expect that this one post will be as enjoyable for me in a few years time.

Tor with qutebrowser

Run qutebrowser with tor by default

1 minute read

If you are a qutebrowser user and care about privacy and anonymity, you may want to run qutebrowser using the tor network by default. Doing so is easy. This post documents how to set it up.

My Linux setup (as of 10/2020)

Description of my daily Linux setup as of October 2019

8 minute read

Edit (2020-10-02): change termite to kitty due to font ligatures support. Edit (2020-06-01): change urxvt to termite, update info on qutebrowser with tor.* Overview In this post I’m documenting the current (March 2019) system setup I use in my development machines. This has been converging for a long time already, and It will surely evolve in the future. However, right now, it works well for me. I use the machines mostly for development work (Gaia Sky, Gaia First Look, Ph.

Sharing my dotfiles

My Linux setup descriptor files

1 minute read

This is just a quick post to share my .dotfiles project. It contains the configuration files for most of the essential utils and tools I use in all my machines. These include the tiling window manager i3wm, the info bar polybar, the awesome qutebrowser, the text editor vim or the file manager ranger. Also, in the bin/ folder there are lots of scripts (most of them hacked together quickly) to do various tasks, like converting garimin fit files to the open gpx format or switching off the monitor in systems without a hardware switch.

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