July Challenge Retroperspective – The tools that forge you

In July I announced that I will try to switch to Linux. I actually needed two months and a broken laptop to make the transition.

The main reason for needing longer then expected is that I have files which I need all the time. I had them on my laptop and therefore I switched frequently to it. As my laptop died a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to think about a better solution.

I solved this problem by using Git to synchronize my data via a Git account.

The setup took a while time because I wanted to use http / https and EGit does currently not support https authentication and msysGit had a bug for which I need to find a workaround. Also github had a bug which fortunately was fixed fast.

It also took me some time to migrate the build infrastructure for vogella.de to Linux. Partly because I forgot how I did the setup ;-) and partly because I was not always as strict as I should have been with lower and upper case spelling. Windows is very forgiving in this sense while Linux is not.

So do I like it? I love it. First of all working on my Ubuntu machine is incredible fast. This might not be a big surprise as the machine is relatively new. But I also think that my crashed laptop had an issue with the harddisk (with finally failed). If I did I/O the whole laptop basically froze which was very, very annoying.

One effect I did not foresee was that I now work “geekier”. On Windows I rarely used the command line. On Linux I alway have a few terminals open and do some stuff their. Using Ubuntu I could also finally compile OpenJDK. I also now started using cygwin on Windows for some tasks.

Of course there are new bugs for me, e.g. Ctrl+alt+down arrow is not working on Linux .

In total I’m now a happy Ubuntu user at home. I believe the July monthly challenges was a success even if it took two months. :-)

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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