Alvin Kerber

math and computers and stuff

2020 is the year of linux on the desktop. It is known.

I chose to resurrect my old desktop machine. It was originally built in 2013 and got some upgrades in 2016. Right now it has:

Mandatory hardware fixes:

See my previous posts on Ubuntu on my laptop for the basic philosophy here. I really wanted a minimal setup, with text mode only, for development and study/research. No distractions. This machine can take advantage of actual modern ergonomic peripherals (monitor, keyboard, etc).

Installation notes:

Notes when following same software setup from previous posts:

Note number of characters per font size on my screen:

Top choices for comparison:

In the end I felt most comfortable at 11x22. This is probably an indicator that my eyesight is getting worse also, but that’s a separate issue. Spend more time outside!