My child vastly overestimates how much I enjoy guessing what is behind his back (usually some sort of kitchen implement).
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I recently had the distinct pleasure of wiping my laptop and re-installing Debian linux on it (I done and goofed up good).
This is a personal machine that I only use for hobby projects and idle noodling. Wanting to keep things minimal, and fast (because the computer is also not the most Herculean of machines) here’s what I installed and (loosely) how.
Tools and utilities
- git (apt)
- build-essential (apt)
- emacs (apt)
- zsh (apt)
- oh-my-zsh (install script)
- rlwrap (apt)
- spell (apt)
- pandoc (apt)
- rsync (apt)
- 1password (apt)
Languages and dependencies
- Retro (minimal version built from source, http://forth.works/retro-unix.c)
- sbcl (apt)
- quicklisp (install script)
- Racket (racket-lang.org install script)
- MIT Scheme (built from source)
- Lua (built from source)
- Fennel (downloaded a static binary)
- Scheme 9 (built from source)
- Janet (built from source)
- Janet deps all installed with jpm:
A notable omission is a browser — this is because the computer is a Chromebook. I run Debian in Crostini, ChromeOS’s vm. Another notable omission is Nodejs — tbh, I don’t really ever use node when I write js for fun, so, I figured I’d fly free from it. I’ve also been poking around Deno lately, so will try that over node if needs be.
This time around I’ve created a snapshot of this vm, so it’ll be easy to restore in the future. Looking at my minimal setup, too, I’m thinking that it’d be pretty straight forward to write a make file to handle this configuration/updates. The quarkiest bit of the entire process was install racket, which isn’t all that quarky.
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2 solid Yiddish curses for this morning:
- Zol er krenken un gedenken.
- Let him suffer and remember.
- Hindert Harzer Sol er hob, in yeder hoyz a hindert tsimern, in yeder tsimer tsvonsik betn un kadukhes zol im varfin eyn bet in der tsveyter.
- A hundred houses shall he have, in every house a hundred rooms and in every room 20 beds, and a delirious fever should drive him from bed to bed.
She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
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