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When you build a new PC or want to try a new distro (or any type of technology, really), what are some common things you do in order to get a feel for how it works?  I feel this topic is meaty enough to be worth its own thread, and I'd prefer for it not to be buried in the QTDDTOTT.

I've just finished building a PC to use as a Linux workstation, so now I can begin the time-honored tradition of distro hopping and bitching about how no single one has everything I want before ultimately settling on [distro you hate].  There is a decent volume of information about different distros out there, but most "reviews" are simply a feature list, a copy-paste from the distro's website, or a video of an installation.  They aren't very helpful for anyone who isn't a complete troglodyte, and I like to think I'm not that stupid.

I have a handful of things I want to do that will help simulate routine tasks, but so far they're all pretty basic:
>compile and run a simple C program
>install a new package with the package manager
>install a new programming language/SDK
>configure a chron job to clean up a folder every day
>ssh into a remote server and make changes to a file on it
>create a local git repo and push changes to a remote one
>adjust the desktop environment to look pleasing

What are some more complicated tasks that you guys do to get a feel for a new operating system, especially stuff going on under the hood?
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>>6464 (OP) 
>stress testing
>watching reviews
If it's distros that you "stress test", as you learn more about linux, you'd find out they are more or less the same and the difference is how much effort it takes to bend it to your will.
Using Linux (and BSD) takes a different mindset. On microsoft and apple systems, you'd like to distro hop because of acquired helplessness. Users are taught the system can hardly be modified and that's why they apply the same mindset on Linux. They consider different distros as choices that can't be altered. This is not true.
That's why they distro hop until they get one that fits closest. Linux offers much more configurations possibilities. Using Linux is shaping your tool to your will, so you can use it as your extra limb. A system only for you. It is not shopping around for the best fit all made by others, like a girl having to wait for a big name designer to drop her new clothes for the season.
Instead of "stress testing", don't waste time on picking the best distro, pick a popular distro and run really hard with it. Learn to use your system. You spent years working on different systems, don't expect something totally different to work the same. 
After that, you will know how difficult it is to tweak your distro to your liking. Whether it is because of systemdick, non-rolling release, apt madness, fucked-up defaults; you will know what it really means. Then try out something else.
Until then, this question is moot because you try to judge something you don't have the experience in by running some test suite for a few special cases.
To answer your question, I don't need to get a feel for a new distro. When I work on them, I just look up everything I need.
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learn to code,normalfag.
>>6464 (OP) 
I install bunch of stuff and try the GCC compiler. Also, make sure that packages aren't horribly outdated. Make sure your dotfiles/your rice works. For stress testing a new PC, I would use memtest86+ to test the RAM and I would run prime95/mprime (i let it run for a few minutes) to test that the build works. Use smartmontools/smartctl to test the disk(s).

> a chron job
Sorry for my autism, but it's "cron job".

>pick a popular distro
this. I recommend:
>Gentoo (the best distro imo)
>Alpine (if you want to use a musl distro)
>NixOS/Guix System (if you want a meme declarative package manager)
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>>6464 (OP) 
Beside all the points mentioned so far I have an additional, rather unorthodox test:
>create a custom boot image of the distro with predefined packages and configuration that can be live booted
This process needs to be as painless as possible, which means packages are downloaded and bundled properly into the image, then cached locally for future installs. Configurations I provide are applied, otherwise sane defaults are used... If the custom image is created successfully I take it for a test run on several computers, where I can have the same environment across and am able do common tasks the way I'm used to.

Void has musl as well, and is more suited for desktop use than Alpine.
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Hey guys I just finished setting up my computer. Thoughts/suggestions? Thanks. Vid related.
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Install Arch or Gentoo. Debian or Devuan are also acceptable choices.
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But what did GNU/Linux mean by this?
language: bash
fortune -o
"All in all, this whole period of winter 1919-20 was a single struggle
 to strengthen confidence in the victorious might of the young movement
 and raise it to that fanaticism of faith which can move mountains."
         [Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf" Vol. 1 Chapter 12]

language: bash
fortune -ao -m goy

One of the oldest problems puzzled over in the Talmud is: "Why did God create
goyim?"  The generally accepted answer is "somebody has to buy retail."
		-- Arthur Naiman, "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish"

The distinction between Jewish and goyish can be quite subtle, as the
following quote from Lenny Bruce illustrates:

	"I'm Jewish.  Count Basie's Jewish.  Ray Charles is Jewish.
Eddie Cantor's goyish.  The B'nai Brith is goyish.  The Hadassah is
Jewish.  Marine Corps -- heavy goyish, dangerous.

	"Kool-Aid is goyish.  All Drake's Cakes are goyish.
Pumpernickel is Jewish and, as you know, white bread is very goyish.
Instant potatoes -- goyish.  Black cherry soda's very Jewish.
Macaroons are very Jewish.  Fruit salad is Jewish.  Lime Jell-O is
goyish.  Lime soda is very goyish.  Trailer parks are so goyish that
Jews won't go near them ..."
		-- Arthur Naiman, "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish"

The goys have proven the following theorem...
		-- Physicist John von Neumann, at the start of a classroom

	The devout Jew was beside himself because his son had been dating
a shiksa, so he went to visit his rabbi.  The rabbi listened solemnly to
his problem, took his hand, and said, "Pray to God."
	So the Jew went to the synagogue, bowed his head, and prayed, "God,
please help me.  My son, my favorite son, he's going to marry a shiksa, he
sees nothing but goyim..."
	"Your son," boomed down this voice from the heavens, "you think
you got problems.  What about my son?"

Anyone have a pdf of the book "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish" see above ?
I couldn't find a gangster edition of any of those. Did I not look hard enough?
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>not running Tomato Garden XP
You can set custom boot logo (Plymouth) on Linux, too.
Three words: Hannah Montana Linux.
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