Seth Michael Larson

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Ubuntu 22.10 on Dell XPS 15 9520

Published 2022-11-19 — ❤︎ Subscribe for more via the newsletter or RSS

I recently purchased a new laptop after spending a few months without one. This purchase has been a long time coming as I was waiting for Black Friday deals to start in the US to save some money.

I received many recommendations about the XPS 15 9500 series, thanks all. I set my sights on the XPS 15 9520 that seemed to have specs that will last the full 8 years I'm hoping to get out of this purchase. These were the specs I chose:

  • 12th Gen i9-12900HK (14 cores, 5.0GHz Turbo)
  • GeForce RTX 3050Ti
  • 2x16GB DDR5 RAM
  • 2TB SSD, OLED screen

After a few days of use I absolutely love the machine and am so happy to get back into open source after an extended break. I recorded my "speed run" to setup my machine to be ready for open source contributions below so others can recreate it:

Install all the packages

sudo apt-get install build-essential git openssh-client gnome-tweaks \
  libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev \
  llvm libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev xz-utils tk-dev libffi-dev \
  liblzma-dev gedit

Fix right clicks on a trackpad

Right clicks didn't work out of the box which can be a frustrating experience. I've been through this before though, the gnome-tweaks package has a setting to fix this.

  • Open the "Tweaks" program through activities
  • Select "Keyboard & Mouse"
  • Under "Mouse Click Emulation" select "Area"

Get access to password manager, SSH and GPG keys

I previously saved my SSH public and private key and GPG key into my password manager under secure notes. Time to retrieve those values and get access to my passwords so I can login to my accounts.

  • Open Firefox
  • Install the Bitlocker extension
  • Login to Bitlocker
  • Download the id_rsa, id_rsa.pub, and gpg.key files from secure notes
# Put your keys here:
gedit ~/.ssh/id_rsa
gedit ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

# Apply the proper permissions (u+rw)
chmod -R 600 ~/.ssh/id_rsa*

# Import my GPG key after exporting from other machine:
# gpg --export-secret-key ${id} > gpg.key
gpg --import gpg.key

Configure git

git config --global user.name "Seth Michael Larson"
git config --global user.email "sethmichaellarson@gmail.com"

# Telling git about my GPG key
gpg --list-secret-keys --keyid-format=long
# /home/sethmlarson/.gnupg/pubring.kbx
# ------------------------------------
# sec   rsa4096/022EB89790807303 ...
# id is '022EB89790807303' from above output

git config --global user.signingkey 022EB89790807303

# Telling git to always sign commits
git config --global commit.gpgsign true

Install Python

git clone https://github.com/pyenv/pyenv.git ~/.pyenv
cd ~/.pyenv && src/configure && make -C src

echo 'export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'command -v pyenv >/dev/null || export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'eval "$(pyenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc

At this point I closed and restarted a terminal instance to get pyenv on the path.

pyenv install 3.11.0
pyenv global 3.11.0

Install PyCharm community edition

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

From here I'm ready to work on open source projects, happy hacking!


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