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What essential software do you install on a new computer?

brandonskerritt profile image Brandon ・1 min read

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  • A terminal tool
  • An IDE that speaks Java, Markdown, HTML, CSS, and JS
  • A lighter weight text editor
  • A diff tool
  • Firefox
  • A chat tool
  • Git
  • Maven
  • Docker
  • Vagrant
  • My bashrc and bash_aliases
 
  • Evolution
  • RhythmBox
  • LibreOffice
  • VS Code
  • Spotify
  • Brave
  • Hexchat
  • Simplenote
  • Minecraft ;)

And then, of course, my development stack for C/C++ and Python, including Git and LLVM. (Too exhaustive to list here.)

 

Other stuff KDE already has them...

 

Windows PC:

  • Chrome
  • Bitwarden
  • Visual Studio
  • Office (+ Visio eventually)
  • Notepad++ (maybe at some point in the future it is replaced by VsCode)

Mac:
I would do the same minus chrome and Notepad++, Office without Visio (not available on Mac) and Outlook
(Yes, I am a Safari User)

 

My essentials for mac :

iTerm
VSCode
Chrome
Magnet (window manager)
Pine Player (music player)
Telegram (best messaging app ever!)
The Unarchiver
Persepolis Download Manager
IINA (movie player)
Android File Transfer (by google)
Paste (clipboard manager)
Some Finder Extentions (image size + betterzip viewer + webp viewer + open in vs code + ...)

 

Absolute essentials:

  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Thunderbird
  • SourceTree
  • VSCode
  • Notepad++
  • Google Drive
  • PuTTY or KiTTY
  • 7-Zip

Important, but not essential:

  • ArsClip
  • Discord
  • Everything Search
  • F.lux
  • Keepass
  • Greenshot
  • IrfanView
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player Classic
  • Signal
  • SublimeText
  • Photoshop
  • Winamp

A bunch of these can be quickly installed all at once using ninite.com/.

 

I would suggest install "only" those you require to run your dev environment and that depends on tech stack you are using.

Minimum set would be:

  • Web browser of your choice (i.e. Chrom, Firefox etc)
  • IDE (and build tools) of your choice (i.e. Visual Studio, VS Code, Eclipse etc)
  • Source repo client of your choice (i.e. Git bash or some other repo clients)
  • Communication tool of your choice (Mail, Skype, Slack, Teams etc)
 
  • 1Password
  • Chrome
  • Webstorm (preferred IDE)
  • VSCode (fallback IDE for edge-cases)
  • iTerm2
  • Docker
  • Brew.sh
  • Postman
  • Slack
  • Dropbox
  • PIA VPN (primarily for use abroad)
 
  • Slack
  • Chrome
  • VSCode
  • Spark
  • Spotify
  • Figma
  • node / npm / yarn
 

Do you find it essential to install Figma?
I haven't had much perf problems with the web version.
Fonts are easier with the downloaded version, though. I'll give you that much.

 

I don't think it's essential for everyone, I just like having it because
1) Fonts, as you mentioned
2) I'm often having multiple things open at the same time (jira, google docs, google drive, local dev version of our product, live dev/stage/production, google calendar, notion, sometimes social media). Then it's really nice having my design files (often more than 1 at a time as well) open in a separate app, rather than a million chrome tabs or windows.

But I use the web interface a lot though, especially for quick and easy things.

 

These are the apps that I can't live with.

  • GIMP (for image designing)
  • Atom
  • Chrome
  • Netbeans
 
  • Chrome
  • VS Code
  • VLC
  • LastPass
  • Python
  • Spotify
 
  • CopyQ
  • SpaceFM
  • Terminator
  • VS Code
  • Firefox / Chromium
  • Gimp
  • InkScape
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • FileZilla
  • Docker
  • Node
  • npm
  • yarn
  • composer
  • VirtualBox
 

Headless machine:

  • vim
  • docker
  • go
  • openssh
  • rsync

Dev machine:

  • emacs (w/evil and magit)
  • docker
  • openssh
  • go
  • chrome
  • mpd
  • i3
  • Alacritty
 
  • Firefox
  • XFCE4-Terminal
  • neovim
  • platformio
  • rust env
  • mpv
  • i3wm
  • docker
  • Telegram
  • zathura
  • Kicad
 

For me, it's:

  • A browser
  • VS Code
  • VirtualBox
  • WSL

I live mostly in the cloud, so these are my essentials 😁

 

VSCode
A torrent downloader (qbitorrent, utorrent...)
VLC
Inkscape
Chrome
Ruby on Rails
npm
yarn
Python and gcc (if are not preinstalled)

And that's it!

 

Docker
Sublime text
Firefox
Brew
Nodejs
iTerm2
Slack

 

VS Code
FireFox Dev. Edition
node
npm
qbittorrent
VLC

 

Chrome, Keepass, Git, Python, PyCharm, VS Code, Spotify, Slack.

 

An operating system :D.

These days Ubuntu 18.04 or macOS.

 
  • Firefox
    • I use web for Slack, Discord, and social media
  • VS Code
  • Password manager
  • Cloud storage
  • Chat software like Telegram and Signal, but probably moving to Web versions.
  • Git
  • Node
  • pipx
  • jrnl installed with pipx
 

Windows:

Chrome.
Papier extension chrome.
Maven
Git
Sublime text
IntelliJ

 
  • Chrome
  • VLC player
  • Some Zip un-archiver
  • Pycharm
  • VSCode
  • ProtonVPN
  • LastPass
 
  • VSCode
  • Docker
  • Chrome
  • NodeJs
  • Slack/Teams
 

Git Fork
Visual Studio Code
Discord
Docker or Podman
Spotify
Node.js
IntelliJ
Bitwarden
Postman
Web Torrent
NordVPN
Yarn
Chrome

 

Besides what is coming with Debian, I install:

  • OpenJDK
  • GraalVM
  • Node.js
  • Git
  • Maven
  • Docker
  • IntelliJ
  • VSCode
  • Chrome
 

Development

  • VSCODE + some extensions
  • Docker + relevant images
  • Dbeaver
  • Git
  • Chrome

Communication

  • Skype
  • Slack
 

Visual Studio Code
Chrome
7zip
Photoshop
Qbittorrent
NordVPN

 

A software that makes sure that I can connect to Internet. (:

 
  • Chrome
  • Visual Studio Community Edition
  • VS Code
  • Sublime Text 3
  • Postman
  • Github Desktop
  • Putty
  • WinSCP
  • MS Office