SECURE [Staff] Soulweave's Windows System

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Soulweave

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Staff member
Content Creator
Jan 14, 2015
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Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Kaspersky
#3
Linux Project complete.

Moved away from Bodhi Linux, Arch Linux etc (only reason to move from Arch was still same old: maintenance).

Settled to run on Bare Metal Linux Mint (well saves me time to do majority of tweaks and is stable).
Updates:
Linux Distributions rely on same HOME partition:
Linux Mint Cinnamon; Linux Mint MATE and Linux Mint XFCE

Stock Kernel provided by Linux Mint (no need to custom the Kernel)
PPA Manager
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
TLP
Grub Customizer
Timeshift (Backup Tool)
GIT
Synaptic tweaks such as: Consider recommended packages as dependencies
Removed some stock apps and replaced with others

Some other quality of life apps and tweaks (reference guide for those who wish to tweak to a certain extend: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Easy Linux tips project)

On VirtualBox I run for testing purposes and tweakings Debian Stable Branch with Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
Synaptic Package Manager
apt-xapian-index
Gdebi
Gksu
TLP
Grub Customizer
GIT
UFW and GUFW

Additional tweaks on Debian system were made.
 
Mar 17, 2015
344
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
ESET
#4
Linux Project complete.

Moved away from Bodhi Linux, Arch Linux etc (only reason to move from Arch was still same old: maintenance).

Settled to run on Bare Metal Linux Mint (well saves me time to do majority of tweaks and is stable).
Updates:
Linux Distributions rely on same HOME partition:
Linux Mint Cinnamon; Linux Mint MATE and Linux Mint XFCE

Stock Kernel provided by Linux Mint (no need to custom the Kernel)
PPA Manager
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
TLP
Grub Customizer
Timeshift (Backup Tool)
GIT
Synaptic tweaks such as: Consider recommended packages as dependencies
Removed some stock apps and replaced with others

Some other quality of life apps and tweaks (reference guide for those who wish to tweak to a certain extend: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Easy Linux tips project)

On VirtualBox I run for testing purposes and tweakings Debian Stable Branch with Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
Synaptic Package Manager
apt-xapian-index
Gdebi
Gksu
TLP
Grub Customizer
GIT
UFW and GUFW

Additional tweaks on Debian system were made.
sorry for my silly question, "bare metal" in your description is direct virtualization atop of hardware? what software do you use to setup that?
 

Soulweave

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Jan 14, 2015
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Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Kaspersky
#5
sorry for my silly question, "bare metal" in your description is direct virtualization atop of hardware? what software do you use to setup that?
bare metal: no virtualization, so basically full install. Its a 4 OS boot system (3 Linux 1 Windows).
 

Soulweave

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Jan 14, 2015
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Windows 10
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Kaspersky
#6
Update:
Ditched all distros: MATE tho nice and feels like good old Gnome2, I still prefer XFCE.

Quad boot no longer. Instead:

Currently running Xubuntu 16.04 on a dual boot system managed by Grub2 (W10).
Daily drivers are actually either Linux or Windows 10, depending on what I am doing (excluding gaming which is solely done in Windows).

Xubuntu 16.04:
Stock kernel by Xubuntu + mainline compiled kernel
PPA Manager
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
TLP
Grub Customizer
Timeshift (Backup Tool)
GIT
Synaptic tweaks such as: Consider recommended packages as dependencies
Removed some stock apps and replaced with others

Some other quality of life apps and tweaks (reference guide for those who wish to tweak to a certain extend: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Easy Linux tips project)

On other systems I run one or another of the following:
Debian Stable Branch with XFCE
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
Synaptic Package Manager
apt-xapian-index
Gdebi
Gksu
TLP
Grub Customizer
GIT
UFW and GUFW

Additional tweaks on Debian system were made.

Arch Linux with XFCE (Kernel 4.8.7 as well as LTS):
ZSH shell (replacement of BASH)
Oh My ZSH extension
Pacman
tkpacman
Pamac
TLP
AUR repos enabled
Custom rules for certain packages and dependencies to not be upgraded
GIT
UFW and GUFW
Other tweaks on the system
 

Svoll

Level 12
Nov 17, 2016
554
Operating System
MacOS High Sierra
Installed Antivirus
Norton
#7
I am so jealous, I wish i can get a Secure Stamp from the staff, Is it possible to copy your config on Linux Mint Cinnamon?
 
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Svoll

Level 12
Nov 17, 2016
554
Operating System
MacOS High Sierra
Installed Antivirus
Norton
#10
Thank you!!! @SpawnIts such a great feeling for a novice knowing that his PC is secured. :)

@Soulweave Tryed out your config with Mint Cinnanom and I seem to have an easier time with ubuntu. Attempting to migrate with oh-my-zsh, lets hope I am doing it properly.
 
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Soulweave

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Jan 14, 2015
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Windows 10
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Kaspersky
#11
zsh is a slightly different shell and having the omz plugin makes things easier or harder depending on user knowledge.

Ubuntu and mint despite having same base they have totally different tweaks. Same as Ubuntu vs xubuntu.

if I build an Ubuntu lts and mimic xubuntu it will still be have different due to tweaks under the hood.

I have heavily customized all three types of distro that I use, but I only listed some programs i use since the tweaks etc are not recommended for new users.

I would suggest a 6 month trial in virtual box before you attempt the switch. This applies to zsh she'll as well.
 

Svoll

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Nov 17, 2016
554
Operating System
MacOS High Sierra
Installed Antivirus
Norton
#12
Thanks for the advice!!! Still experimenting with it in VMware, you have no idea how many times I had to restore my snapshots, LoL!! its a very fun and challenging task, in awe of you and many others here that seem to make it so easy.
 
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_CyberGhosT_

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Aug 2, 2015
4,177
Operating System
Linux Mint
Installed Antivirus
Default-Deny
#13
Hows that config for Xubuntu 16.04 running ?
You know I love Mint, but I have been flirting with the idea of
swapping to Xubuntu, the images on google look very nice but
in some circles and support forums I see boot issues prevalent ?
 

Soulweave

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Jan 14, 2015
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Windows 10
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Kaspersky
#14
Hows that config for Xubuntu 16.04 running ?
You know I love Mint, but I have been flirting with the idea of
swapping to Xubuntu, the images on google look very nice but
in some circles and support forums I see boot issues prevalent ?
Xubuntu works just as LM XFCE. differences are in software loaded and some under the hood tweaks.

I only added Xubuntu as a dual boot because I couldnt be asked to do the tweaks on a Debian system.

When I have time I will ditch the Xubuntu. I also use Xubuntu due to PPAs for themes etc, but can easily migrate them in a Debian system, just takes some time to set up properly.
 
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tim one

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AV-Tester
Jul 31, 2014
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Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
F-Secure
#19
no antimalware installed :eek: are you kidding me ? ok im out ^_^
Under Linux distros, the update of bugs and flaws that could allow some system infections is very different compared to Windows, and it is done immediately after discovering a problem, making immediately available the update .
Therefore, it is clear as to Linux it is much less important to use an antivirus, although in some cases recommended.
I have friends, developers at a professional level that use Linux, and they don't use AV, and they have never had poblems of this kind.
 

Soulweave

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Jan 14, 2015
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Windows 10
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Currently playing with Peppermint OS 7 Respin.
Not bad for a distro but doubt I will see myself using that much enough to fully convert it into daily driver.

Most likely go Xubuntu/Lubuntu route with heavy customization instead (current Xubuntu is minimally tweaked). Tests being conducted in VBOX
 
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