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The trials and tribulations of moving to Linux as a developer

Kai Koenig
October 18, 2019

The trials and tribulations of moving to Linux as a developer

A talk I gave at CFCamp 2019 in Freising/Munich.

When you look around among your developer and other tech friends and colleagues you’ll probably find that most of them use a computer running Windows or macOS. Sometimes that’s personal choice, in other cases employers or clients dictate which platform one would have to use. Every year around Christmas time there are articles with titles like “Why 20xx will be the year of the Linux desktop”, but has it ever really been that year?

In 2018, I made the jump from using macOS as my main platform to Linux and since then, people didn’t stop asking me how it went, what I did, what problems I ran into and why they could probably never make such a platform transition. The truth is: they - and you - probably could do it just fine as well.

In this talk, I’ll talk about and explain the pros and cons of my move to Linux. Starting from hardware and distribution choices to very specific development and infrastructure challenges. Along the way I’ll explain the audience some of the underlying Linux concepts and show tools to match what they might be used to from Mac or Windows.

After this talk, people will hopefully be more confident when it comes to leaving the mainstream operating systems macOS and Windows.

Kai Koenig

October 18, 2019
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  1. Kai Koenig
    @AgentK
    he/him
    Trials
    &
    Tribulations
    of moving to Linux as a developer

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  2. THE BEGINNING

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  3. FACHSCHAFT MATHE
    enterprise.mathematik.uni-essen.de

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  4. “DARK DAYS”

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  5. WHAT CHANGED?

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  6. APPLE HARDWARE

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  7. APPLE HARDWARE

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  8. LINUX TO THE RESCUE

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  9. ● Fully Linux-supported
    hardware
    ● Drivers from vendor
    ● Customisable in many
    ways
    ● Very specialised vendors
    Dedicated
    Linux laptops
    ● Many things work, some
    might now
    ● Drivers might be
    included in some
    distributions
    ● Big brand vendors
    Dell,
    Thinkpad etc.

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  10. WHAT IS LINUX ANYWAY?

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  11. DISTRIBUTIONS

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  12. DISTRIBUTIONS

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  13. DISTRIBUTIONS

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  14. MULTIPLE DESKTOPS? W...T...eeeeeff?

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  15. X AND DESKTOPS

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  16. SW INSTALLATION

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  17. OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY

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  18. COMMUNICATION

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  19. CFML TOOLING

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  20. MOBILE DEVELOPMENT

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  21. BUT WHAT ABOUT…?

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  22. FILESYSTEMS 101
    Case-sensitive Case-insensitive
    Case-preserving UFS, ext3, ext4, HFS Plus (optional),
    NTFS (in unix), APFS (optional)
    VFAT, FAT32 which is basically always used with long filename
    support, NTFS, HFS Plus, APFS
    Non-case-preserving Impossible FAT12, FAT16 only when without long filename support.

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  23. IBM FTW
    “...JFS has a niche role in Linux:
    It offers a case-insensitive mount option, unlike most
    other Linux file systems.”

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  24. WHAT IS MISSING?

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  25. WHAT DO I MISS?

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  26. 40
    HOW TO BE STABLE

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  27. 43
    WHAT’S NEXT?

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