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What's the first thing you install on a fresh OS?

It would be VS Code, Node/NPM and Chrome for me.

What would be the first things you install?

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Louis Low • Edited on

I seldom fresh install OS on any of my machines. My best practice is just to keep one original clone image. If anything goes wrong to that machine. I just re-clone it. And straight away using the machine for work. The backup image has all the tools I need, including WinOS VM (Oracle Virtualbox).

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JoelBonetR

either using linux or windows that will make your new cloned OS get back on the updates you had back those days, which means you'll last more time installing those updates than what you'll last from the beginning performing a clean install of all

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Louis Low • Edited on

@joelbonetr I still can reply to your deleted comment. So let me reply to you. I actually use a tool to backup user settings, user data, and installed packages with Lyft. The backup never containing the Linux OS. After I fresh clone the hard drive, I just run the Linux distribution migration tool. The system will be the same as last time. But the Linux OS is a brand new one. Everything is automated. Magic!

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JoelBonetR

Hey @loouislow , there's no deleted comment here (I usually edit comments for typos as I don't use English on my day a day except from here and other blogs) and my opinion still the same, I usually format the OS when something break up so I prefer to clean install all the things (that's about half an hour) instead.
Nice to know that tool and thanks for sharing, it could be useful for other people :)

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Louis Low • Edited on

Same here.

Ohhh... I finally get it. I was blocking you @joelbonetr by accident. That's why...

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JoelBonetR • Edited on

? this thread is a bit weird and don't know where it comes πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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Louis Low

Thanks for the sarcasm, I love the gift. (kiss)

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt • Edited on
  • VSCode (I feel that Codium is never as good as Code).
  • NVM (or Nodist), and Node.js inside it.
  • Pyenv, and Python 3 inside it -- No more Python 2 lock in issues for macOS
  • Brave browser, or Chrome -- because they have Sync
  • Bitwarden -- because of Sync, also
  • If macOS, installing Xcode sooner is better than later + first run to accept agreements.

I also wrote a post about clean macOS reformat in the past. (I've done it a lot, because my 128GB MacBook Air is often full.)

polv.cc/post/2019/11/clean-install...

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Jon Randy πŸŽ–οΈ

Firefox has sync

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Michael Currin • Edited on
  1. Firefox
  2. Install Python, Node.js, curl, vs code etc. through APT (linux) using my install script - install.sh. Or my brew packages list for macOS.
  3. Setup git SSH access

michaelcurrin.github.io/os-genesis...

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Radu-Alexandru B • Edited on

Welp, this is a good question to make me build a to-do list when installing a fresh OS (Windows). So here it goes:

Damn, I didn't realize I use so many programs, although I think I still miss some... Hope someone finds this list interesting enough :).

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Madza

Awesome tools there πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

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Hrishi Mittal

Google Chrome. And then a whole bunch of things I need for development. I wrote a gist a while ago so that I don't forget anything when I setup a new machine - gist.github.com/hrishimittal/7fd25...

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Anthony Bramley

Every time I degunk my Win10 and wipe my drive, my first installation is either the upgraded Microsoft Edge (why does it still ship with the default version?) or Visual Studio. Then I add a bunch of other crap that I really don't need and then in a couple months I'll just start fresh again.

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Matt Curcio

The version of Linux I use comes with Firefox so I don't need Google.
I usually go for R-cran and RStudio then Anaconda.
Then a ton of tools after that; git, keepassx, calibre for books, Gimp, Slack, dropbox, etc.

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CatalinRadoi

Windows has Night Light included now.

Start > Night Light

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Madza

I like the tool too, must-have for the eyes πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

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Lawrence O. Peters

Well the first thing you need to install on a fresh OS are those things you need to get your job running smoothly and perfect. For me it will be VS19, DotNetFrameWorkCore, Sql-Server, Edge browser, VsCode and Sublime Text

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Daniel Kantor

My dotfiles repo has an install script. It's essentially a "package.json" for Arch packages. So I generally install git first, so that I can clone this repo and run the install script, which sets up all the applications I use, including dotfiles

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CatalinRadoi
  • Chrome - to test websites
  • IceDragon - for browsing (Firefox)
  • Visual Studio (I have Windows, I write C#, I don't need VS Code, VS is much much better :p)
  • Azure Data Studio (I am not using SQL Management Studio anymore)
  • 7Zip
  • Notepad++
  • Steam & Epic Store (For games)
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Benjamin Brizzi

On Windows computers : Ninite - ninite.com/

Don't know if there's an equivalent for Mac ?

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Homebrew or Chocolatey should make it easy for updating?

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Madza • Edited on

I do use ninite as well, super time-saving tool πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘
I only wish they would add more free dev tools there πŸ˜‰

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Fernando B πŸš€

I just run a script and let it do its magic New Install Ubuntu, sample of doing this on windows with chocolatey Win10

First things I need are text editor, and my terminal setup with fish.

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Igor Brussolo πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

On Windows:

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Madza

do you use both as well (npm and yarn)? πŸ‘€

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Igor Brussolo πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

NPM comes with Node, but I prefer Yarn, it is much easier to avoid errors with package updates.

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Manuel Castellin

A very interesting question!
In order:

  1. Firefox
  2. iTerm2
  3. Vim
  4. Docker

Then everything else on a need-to-have basis πŸ™‚

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