Customizing a new Linux Mint setup

So it finally happened. After years of usage I managed to f**k up my linux boot. I suspect the HDD was about to give up because I had seen it coming, but still it was a surprise.

Anyway, here are my notes after reinstalling Linux Mint 19.2.


I am accustomed to a keyboard setup that was introduced in Visual C++ in the 90’s, and I just can’t re-learn this!

Also, I want faster reps. This you can do with the standard keyboard setup dialog.  It’s delicate to setup, but approx about 10% on repeat delay, and 85% for repeat speed.


I want to use the numeric keyboard for moving the cursor and selecting text. Also I use the Ctrl-Ins/Shift-Ins and Shift-Del combinations to cut and paste.

In Keyboard- Layouts there is an “Options…” button below right. Click that one and select “Miscellaneous compatibility options” and then click the “Numlock on: digits; Shift for arrow keys. Numlock off: arrow keys (as in Windows) checkbox. Thats it!


Set up lastpass, period!


Also check out Brave browser!

And in Firefox, I want the whole URL to be selected when I click the address bar!

basically you go into about:config and reverse the settings of


Install nvm (node version manager)

Install rvm (Ruby version manager)

Also see

Install pyenv (Python version manager)


sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev \
libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev wget curl llvm libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev \
xz-utils tk-dev libffi-dev liblzma-dev python-openssl git

Fixing the Terminal

Set preferences-command-run command as login shell

Necessary for rvm to work!



IntelliJ needs Gradle, Auto Import and key configuring (Ctrl-Home and such)


Stop you from going insane:

git config –global credential.helper store

File system watchers


sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf
fs.inotify.max_user_watches = 524288
sudo sysctl -p --system

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