Fresh year 🎉🥳 Fresh setup 💻👩💻
I'm using a Razer Blade 15 2018. It has 16gb of RAM, which is a must for me as a developer. I want to have at least 3 or 4 browsers open with a ton of tabs. Visual Studio Code with a ton of running extension can get pretty heavy pretty fast. The Blade also has a non-glare display. This is the one thing I don't understand about Macbook's. In the sun, it is a mirror where you can't see anything but yourself 🤷♀️.
The question is now, do you need such an expensive laptop? No! Right now, you can get super laptops that are good enough for 500 euros/us dollars. Just look for an AMD one with a Ryzen 5 or 7. 8gb should also be enough if you look that you don't open too many tabs.
Let's start to setup up our new laptop.
The first thing I do is to install a clean version of Windows 10. Maybe your lucky, and you get a non-bloatware Windows 10 🥳.
Now connect to the internet and update windows to the latest version. Enable the integrated anti-virus and firewall. They are reliable and usually enough these days.
You can skip this part if WSL2 is released into stable windows!
Open the windows 10 settings(the new interface)
Click on "Update & Security"
Click on the left side of the "Windows Insider Program."
Enroll in the insider program and choose the recommended slow (ring)
Let Windows 10 update again.
This is how it should look:
Why are we on the slow ring? To use WSL2!🐱💻
Scoop is a command-line installer for Windows. It installs programs from the command line with a minimal amount of friction.
It is pretty easy to install.
Open a power shell
iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex
Now you can simply type:
If you now see a man page with many commands, you know that it installed successfully.
Scoop comes with
buckets. Buckets are collections of installable applications or fonts.
We need to add 2 extra buckets.
scoop bucket add extras scoop bucket add nerd-fonts
We need to update the buckets. We do this with:
We can finally start to install new software without even opening IE.
Let's start with 7-Zip and Git. These are needed for installing other tools with scoop
scoop install git 7zip
now Firefox and Google Chrome
scoop install googlechrome googlechrome-canary firefox firefox-nightly
Also, I like the new Windows Terminal.
scoop install windows-terminal
Next Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Code Insiders
sccop install vscode vscode-insiders
I also like to Insomnia. Insomnia is a REST Client
scoop install insomnia
VLC is also something you usually need
scoop install vlc
That is enough for now!
you can check the installed applications with
If you want to check what app is out of date, you can run the following commands
scoop update scoop status
If you want to update more then one app, you can simply run
scoop update *
Keep in mind that this is not the same as
scoop update. You need to run
scoop update first to update applications.
Let's install WSL2!
Open the Windows Store and search for "Ubuntu". As of writing this blog post, there are 3 versions "Ubuntu", "Ubuntu 18.04 LTS" and "Ubuntu 16.04 LTS". If you know that there are no restrictions, you can simply Install "Ubuntu".
After you have installed "Ubuntu". You can open the Windows Terminal, and in the tab bar, click on the arrow pointing down. Click on Ubuntu and, if needed, do the setup. Now you should have a running Ubuntu on your Windows machine!
Now type the following commands in the open Ubuntu Terminal.
First, let us update Ubuntu.
sudo apt update; sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt-get install docker docker-engine docker.io containerd runc
Now that we have docker install, we also need to start the service!
sudo service docker start
Testing if Docker is working now
sudo docker run hello-world
Next nodejs 13.X(the current version as of publishing this post)
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_13.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs node --version
yarn instead of
curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list sudo apt update && sudo apt install yarn
git is already preinstalled on Ubuntu, we don't need to install it.
We only need to set the name and E-Mail.
git config --global user.name "FIRST_NAME LAST_NAME" git config --global user.email "MY_NAME@example.com"
We also need to generate SSH keys
I have released a small series about Visual Studio Code.
You can find it HERE
My Setup since then has not changed.
I hope you enjoyed it!
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