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Taking the Linux plunge – Update

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I took the plunge and bought myself a Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu 16.04.

And to be honest, so far so good! The machine itself is absolutely fantastic and apart from one issue now resolved, Ubuntu has been great to use. I used it to present my partitioning session at the Dublin User Group this week and all went well. Using SQL in a docker container and SQL Operations Studio, my demos worked no problem.

Have to admit, the only gripe I have is that there’s a windows key instead of a key with the Ubuntu logo ??

So once I had booted up the first thing I did was uninstall Chrome and Chromium. After that, I went and installed: –

Firefox– with DuckDuckGo as my homepage
SQL Operations Studio
Visual Studio Code
Whatever – Evernote client for Linux

OK, there’s a couple of obvious ones in there but maybe a couple that are new to you.

If you haven’t heard of Franz, it’s awesome. One of my pet peeves these days is the amount of comms apps that I have to have open. Slack, Google Hangouts, Teams, email etc. it’s a bit of a nightmare. Franz solves that issue by combining them all into one app, ok it’s a bit of a memory hog but that’s kinda to be expected.

Another app not everyone may be familiar with is Keybase. Keybase is a security app that provides public keys, encrypted chat, and an encrypted filesystem. The filesystem offering is why I went for it, you can install OneDrive on Linux but it’s a bit of a hassle and I’m not a particular fan of Dropbox so am glad that I have another option (even if it is ANOTHER chat app, and it doesn’t integrate with Franz ?? )

One final thing to mention is Gitpitch. Gitpitch is a markdown presentation service that integrates with Github/Gitlab/Bitbucket. You write your presentation in markdown, push it to a repo, and the service renders your presentation online (which you can then download).

I used GitPitch for my presentation to the Dublin User Group this week and was a bit concerned at first as my markdown skills are, ahem, not great. You can see the presentation I wrote here, I’m really pleased with the results. I also really enjoyed creating that presentation, which is new for me as I hate writing powerpoint slides. Am going to spend some more time this weekend seeing what else the service can do.

So all in all, am really pleased with my new toy. If you’re thinking about switching to Linux, I highly recommend that you do, what’s the worst that could happen? ??

Have a good weekend!

The DBA Who Came In From The Cold

I’m Andrew Pruski and I am a SQL Server DBA with 5 years experience in database development and administration.

The online SQL Server community has helped me out immensely throughout my career, whether from providing reference material in blog posts, or answering my (sometimes obscure) questions on forums. So, to try and say thank you, I would like to contribute my own experiences in the hope that they could benefit someone out there.

So here’s my general ramblings and thoughts about working as a SQL Server DBA.

You can find me on twitter @DBAFromTheCold

If you have any feedback on my blog please send me an email to dbafromthecold@gmail.com.


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