Designing with OSS: Getting started

As few months ago, I decided to make an effort to see how much of my job I can do using only OSS (Open Source Software). I wanted to share my experience so far and welcome any tips/help you can share with me. This first post is about how I got started with a new computer/OS combo and not really much about design. The second (and third?) will be about using it to design.

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How to unfuck permissions

When working with npm (Node Package Manager), I picked up the horrible habit of throwing a sudo in front of npm install or npm up. Usually, I only did it when I got an error. This is bad. It becomes a headache at some point. Here’s how to unfuck the permissions of the folder:

  1. Do this: sudo chown -R $USER ~/.npm
  2. And this: sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local/lib/node_modules
  3. And, if you get an error, maybe do the sudo chown -R $USER bit on the folder in question.

chown -R $USER simply changes the ownership to the user recursively to all the stuff in the folder.