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Writing First Version of Install Scripts for Jupyter on LXD on WSL

I'm helping people become more independent of desktop software and be able to use Linux terminal for their day-to-day tasks. To do this, I set up a new environment on LXD on WSL, trimmed my public Github repos, and created a new repo with an install script. I'm also crafting a message for my public website that will appeal to people in general and capture their attention. Come and learn how to become more independent and use Linux terminal for your daily tasks.

Becoming More Independent: Setting Up a New Environment on LXD on WSL

By Michael Levin

Friday, September 9, 2022

Pshwew! That was one for the history book. I have so much I want/need to do. All this retooling goes directly to how effective I am at my day-job. This moving to containers is a big one. If all goes well, this is the last journal entry that I’m writing directly on a WSL-instance of Linux. After that, it will all be on an LXD container instance. To that end, I have a few small touches to do. I really like how distrod works with curl to drop the install.sh file into location.

Okay, so clean up my public github repos. Turn everything to private that you can, and even start thinking about deleting the private ones that are just clutter and distraction. Do a quick pass. Definitely 80/20-rule here. Think about the experience people will have when they come in checking me out.

Okay, I trimmed back everything public on my Github.com repos that shouldn’t be there. But now I actually want to PUT a new repo there that has all my good configuration stuff. I should really only have to have a few curl statements to pull down:

It looks like I should give it some directory structure so file renaming is not necessary.

Ooh, I also want to change all my github folders into repo folders. Sheesh! Maybe that’s a violation of the 80/20-rule for now.


Okay, I put the repo in location.


And here’s the way I’ve been getting the install file from distrod:

curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nullpo-head/wsl-distrod/main/install.sh"

And so it stands to reason, I should have the URLs:

curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/.bash_profile"
curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/.bash_prompt"
curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/.screenrc"
curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/.vimrc"

And I made an install script that can be pulled down with:

From WSL:

curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/install.sh"

From LXD:

curl -L -O "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/miklevin/dotconfigs/main/lxd/install.sh"

Interesting! How far do I go with the install script? If I go too far, it might as well be a Docker image and that’s stupid. So much of the point here is to help people walk this path and have increased capabilities at the end; not to do just another apps store, snap, consumer-oriented thing. I’m giving people their forward-slashes so they can use them.

Okay, think! 1, 2, 3… 1?

Oh, of course!

So you’re on Windows on you main, daily working machine. Sure you can install Linux on some other machine or do some multi-boot thing on your main machine for a little Linux experience, but the point is to integrate Linux Terminal (the important part) into your daily life enough to start affecting your habits, achieving new normals, and ultimately making Windows or any other particular desktop environment interchangeable and optional. Once your main home is the Unix-like Linux command-line, you are impervious to disruption in the tech industry.

Yes that’s a bit claim, and you will still need to know a few other things that will be hosted through the Linux terminal, such as Python, vim and git, but these things too will be with you for your entire life free of the feature and user-interface churn that so plagues desktop software in desktop environments. You can still use desktop software, but try focusing on stuff that’s free across any desktop, such as the Photoshop replacement Gimp, the Illustrator replacement InkScape, he Maya replacement Blender, and the Microsoft Office 365 replacement LibreOffice. The main products are burdened with feature-creep to justify keeping you spending.

I started out on Adobe Photoshop 3, the first version to introduce layers. Today, the Adobe Creative Cloud is over $50/mo for the privilege of what amounts to being in the graphics arts guild. If you don’t pay the Adobe tax, you’re out, and if you’re just a casual graphics software user like me, it’s not worth it. It feels like Adobe drove me away with a stick. And that’s just the graphics software. Similar techniques are used by the vendors all the way down to the OS to keep you spending and part of their quarterly projections. That’s the main thing for them. It’s the wrong spirit to have infused into your tools.

The Free and Open Source Software movement possesses the right spirit. Learn once, run anywhere, never pay. The main argument to keep you on the proprietary stuff in my estimation comes down to convincing you of the next must-have proprietary feature, like automatic background removal in Photoshop. However the truth is these features will eventually come to FOSS software too if they really are must-haves, but most aren’t. They’re fringe-features that are fun for a time but whose main purpose is to instill in you the fear of missing out as your competitors and peers enjoy these features. It’s lack of confidence in one’s own ability they prey on, and it’s group-think they rely upon.

Ugh, that’s all too deep of background.

I need to appeal to people in general and they lack the attention span to go deep early. Jump right into it. Don’t let anything sound boring ever.

I’ve got a new machine set up.

Okay, let’s see how this should go.

The main thing is to massage your public website into the correct message. Plow everything into MikeLev.in and then let it trickle out to other sites like LPvg.org. Basically become your own competition, but don’t get hung up.

Cut this journal entry here. :w