I used to install Linux on a whim, and when I couldn’t reach the level of productivity I was used to in Windows (since I had been using it for so many years), I’d go back to Windows in a few weeks. What finally changed this and made Linux my favorite OS to develop in was
i3(wm). Here’s a couple other productivity tips:
- `vim -p file1 file2 …` opens multiple files in tabs in vim. With zsh expanding regex, `vim -p ./*` opens all files in your current directory as tabs in vim. `vim .` browses the current folder using vim
- use `:! <bash command>` like `:! ls` to run normal bash commands from vim and see the results in that window.
- Use Awesome vimrc‘s awesome version as a base of your .vimrc if you don’t already have one. Also find the super pretty `wombat256mod` color scheme somewhere, put it to ~/.vim/colors/ and add a `set colorscheme wombat256mod` to your ~/.vimrc.
- After installing the awesome vimrc, add `execute pathogen#infect()` to your .vimrc, then you can install vim plugins just by cloning them from github to `.vim/bundle/`
Window manager / i3
- Use a tiling window manager, like awesome or i3wm. I’ve never used awesome, because i3 is so awesome, but definitely give one of those a try. They’re actually the killer feature that made me stick with Linux for the first time. Neither Windows or OSX have anything as good as i3.
- Change i3 directional keybinds to vim keybinds, since they’re by default one-to-the-right-of-vim-arrows (jkl; instead of hjkl) which confuses the hell out of your brain when you use both vim and i3
- use `xset r rate <time in milliseconds until key repeat starts> <repeats per second>` for example `xset r rate 200 40` to make scrolling around vim faster. The default speed limits are for old people.
- use zsh and oh-my-zsh rather than bash. It’s so much better (case insensitivity, for one), and easy to use if you’re used to bash.
- make a folder called dotfiles in your home folder, put the files you’d like to sync between installations there, version control it (I have a private Github repo for it), and symlink them from that folder to your ~/
- Use `mosh` instead of `ssh` if you often work over high latency connections.
- If you need to follow multiple log files when executing something in the command line, instead of having multiple terminals for logging or having a different split for each file in the same terminal, you can interleave the logs by opening each log file with `tail -f /tmp/logfile &` to the background. This way as the log entries come in, they’ll be in chronological order in the same shell.