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Checklist for setting up Linux

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  • linux
  • distrohopping
  • devtools
Thu Feb 29 2024

I’m writing this little guide to help me remember what I need to set up a new Linux installation (when going distro-hopping or setting up a new PC). Could be useful to someone else reading this too, who knows?

Distro hopping meme

Useful repos

Use the following repos to automate some of the setup tasks.

  • Dotfiles
    • git, bash, tmux, neovim, starship
  • Homelab
    • docker, caddy, dnsmasq, grafana, prometheus, nextcloud


  • Desktop Environment: KDE Plasma
  • System theme: Catppuccin Mocha Lavender
  • Application theme: Lightly
  • Cursor theme: Catppuccin
  • Icons: Papirus Dark
  • Monospace font: JetBrains Mono Nerd Font
  • Wallpaper: endy_vector_satteliet (EndeavourOS community wallpaper)
  • Terminal: default (Gnome, Konsole etc.)
    • Terminal multiplexer: tmux (see dotfiles for config), don’t forget to install tpm
  • Terminal prompt: Starship
  • Web browser: Brave
  • Clipboard: xclip (required for tmux)


  • IDE: Neovim - full config in dotfiles
    • Telescope requires ripgrep, fd
    • Do a checkhealth after configuration
  • Git: check dotfiles for improved log commands (git lg, lg1, lg2 etc.)
  • JavaScript/TypeScript:
    • nvm
    • pnpm
  • Python:
    • pyenv
    • poetry
  • Rust
  • Go
  • HTML (not a programming language, fight me)


  • Docker
  • Web server: Caddy
  • DNS server: dnsmasq
  • SSH
    • Change default port
    • Setup certificate based authentification for access from laptop
    • Setup another certificate for Github CI access
  • Nextcloud
    • Use Nextcloud AIO image with docker
    • Ensure the borg backup is itself backed up to an external drive
    • Setup a systemd service with a timer to trigger the nextcloud-preview-generator
  • Firewall: use ufw to only open up the right ports

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