So the attempt to install node.js from the repository (version 13), just goes mental and wants to destroy the Raspbian desktop. Very useless. So I’ve demoted to a Mint 18.1, and I am in the process of building the system up with a windows 10 VirtualBox and some tools I will be needing.
I think I’ll even have to make a test bed system for software I don’t trust enough. Apart from some long standing tools which work, I like trying some other ones. I wonder if I can get some development tools to build windows binaries on Linux? There is the fabulous MinGW (which may be useful for some fast C building without needing all the Visual Studio weight and hence bloat), but what else is available?
So far I’ve put VSCode (good for a Microsoft initiative), Visual Studio Community Edition (also quite good on the windows in virtual), FPC/Lazarus (a good generic compiler) and IntelliJ (a nice Android/Java tool with some good Flutter and dart). This should be enough to get on with some of the things I was getting on with before the Windows hypervisor issue. It reminds me of that time virtual box had to disable the microsoft virtual hypervisor, and I think they have been fighting since.
This is no excuse for not testing such a popular product with the windows core system. I don’t think the use of the disk clean up wizard to gain the space could have been involved, with more options selected, not this far down the windows time line. The only other options are few, and include a botchy “security services” spyware which has no good intent and isn’t that secret, or the fabulous industrial espionage giggle, with the laugh a minute goal of finding out something juicy.