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Kodi - Blender - Gimp - Shotwell - Reaper - Audacity - Cura - LibreOffice

Mediawiki - Wordpress - Ampache - Spotify - Strawberry - VLC

vscode - Qt Creator - Emacs - GitLab

irc - slack- pidgin - XMPP - Rocket.Chat - zoom

i3 - UnixPorn - terminal - screen - albert

maim - copyq

Steam - Stadia - Minecraft - Twitch - qBitTorrent

mame - Simon - Kaldi - Q2A

Chrome - Firefox - Tor - Okular

pgadmin4 - Robo 3T - Sqlite Explorer

postgres - sqlite - mongodb - mysql - SQL Server

ninja - gcc - git - eslint

TrueNAS - Linux software raid - Wireshark - Apache

ssh - gpg - haproxy - dnsmasq - geth

proxmox - SPICE - Docker - OpenVPN - vnc - Remote Desktop


systemd - xrandr - samba - fail2ban - ntp

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OS installation
Linux barebones quickstart
Ubuntu quickstart
Raspberry Pi OS quickstart
Raspberry Pi Ubuntu quickstart
Kali quickstart
Centos quickstart
Cygwin quickstart
Clone a Pi
The BEST thing to do is to copy the MicroSD from Carambola (marked with a black 'O'):
  • open a terminal so we can watch the MicroSD /dev/sd{#} assignments
sudo tail -f /var/log/syslog
  • take the carambola MicroSD card out of the Pi and put it into an Anker hub (gets less hot than the small MicroSD sleeves - and it WILL get hot!)
  • put another new MicroSD card into another Anker hub
  • open another terminal
dcfldd bs=4M if=/dev/sd{Letter of carambola} of=/dev/sd{Letter of new card}
  • They will get HOT... I don't know how to make sure they don't get TOO hot yet... cross your fingers I guess...
  • Drop the new card into the new Pi, boot
  • set up a new config folder
    • rm ~/config
    • cd development/config
    • cp -rp carambola lime && git add lime
    • cd ~ && ln -s development/config/lime config
  • change /etc/hostname
  • change name of exfat "share" partition
exfatlabel /dev/disk/by-label/carambola_share lime_share
  • edit /etc/fstab to update partition name
  • (optional) change the uuid of partitions as desired (otherwise you may get kernel/userspace warnings about conflicts when mounting more than one card in an ubuntu host) - note that I've never actually done this...
tune2fs /dev/sdaX -U random
  • reboot.. and away we go!
Raspberry Pi Raspbian setup (old)
Update gentoo kernel
Upgrade gentoo
Windows 10 quickstart

Install Group Policy Editor from an admin Powershell console:

@echo off 
pushd "%~dp0" 

dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >List.txt 
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>List.txt 

for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i" 

Run Group Policy Editor to disable restarts:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Configure Automatic Updates
(o) Enabled
[2] Notify for download and auto install?  Or [3] Auto download and notify for install?  Going with [3], we'll see.
(or...) (o) Enabled: No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations
No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installation (just in case)
(o) Enabled
(reboot if you had to change it?  or will that wipe it out?  tbd...) 

In a corporate environment, you should quit your job - I mean, you will likely have to redo this after ANY f'in reboot.

Memtest boot disk
It should be on red-on-black flash drive. Or, get a fresh download of USB zip, it includes a Windows exe to create the boot. Or use the ISO.
Ubuntu upgrade / reinstall notes
Create and boot from Ubuntu USB
There should always be a boot USB for this in my set, but it needs recreation on new Ubuntu versions...
  1. Download the latest 64-bit Ubuntu desktop iso
  2. Format a USB drive as FAT (NOT exFAT or NTFS)
  3. Burn the iso to the USB, providing a GB of space (we want to add the nvidia driver once booted)
sudo usb-creator-gtk
  1. Boot with it
  2. On startup, select the USB EFI boot option in refind, select "Try Ubuntu", (on MBPro, hit e and add [ nouveau.noaccel=1] to grub line), hit F10 to start
  3. Once it is running, start System Settings, select Software, enable proprietary drivers
  4. Install, checking the [download as you go] and [install 3rd party stuff] boxes.
Ubuntu set up networking
Install NetworkManager, as the wpagui UI sucks
  • sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome
  • YOU MUST remove interfaces from /etc/network/interfaces so wpa gives them up to nm-applet
  • add nm-applet to startup if needed - i don't think it is needed as it seems to start up automatically now - try rebooting first