What's on my PC?

This is what I install on a new computer. Strong preference towards free and open source software. Hand picked.

  • First things first

    The very first things I need on every PC.

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    My browser of choice. Here I set up FFSync and Privacy Badger. Goes on your PC first, because MS Edge is just there for downloading a decent browser.


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  • KeePassXC

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    KeePass was my password manager for years, and KeePassXC is a good reimplementation of it. I'm mostly choosing this one because I also use it on linux. Otherwise I'd probably use the original KeePass on windows.
    This goes on the machine next, because it holds not only passwords but also software keys! Yes, the rest of the list is mostly FLOSS software, so this is much less of an issue nowadays.


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  • Nextcloud

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Cloudron Website

    The desktop sync client for nextcloud, which is where many of my files are stored.


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  • Looking at stuff *quickly*

    Quickly is key, here.

    All of these are my default media handlers. All of them start up extremely quickly.

  • nomacs

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Quickly starting image viewer with basic editing functionality (resize, crop, etc.) This has replaced IrfanView for me, because it is open source and also because of its support for SVG and transparency.


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  • SumatraPDF

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Simple and quick PDF viewer. Especially useful is navigating across files with Ctrl+Shift+Left (or right). Also handles ebooks, but I don't use it much for that.


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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch Apple TV F-Droid Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    Handles pretty much any video and audio format that you throw at it.


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  • Dealing with Text and Terminals

    Yes, this has its own category. Yes, I use all of them, depending on what I do.

  • VSCodium

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Code - OSS (vscode) Website

    When I'm working on a project. This is almost VS Code, but only the MIT parts. A short while ago this would have been atom editor, but now I'm using this as well. Like everyone else.


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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Opens quickly. This is my default handler for all text-based file formats (so it could also go in the "looking at stuff quickly" category). It highlights all formats that I usuallly encounter. Has a few neat tricks to work with text files and handles very large files as well.


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  • Sublime Text

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Website

    I don't really know why I keep it around, but I simply like it.


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  • Joplin

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Termux Firefox Website

    An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.


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  • KDiff3

    Free Linux Website

    Nice GUI diff tool that lets you do a 2- or 3-way-comparison graphically.


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  • cmder

    Free Windows clink ConEmu Windows Command Prompt PowerShell Website

    Tabbed terminal for windows, also includes the usual unix tools (ls, find and so on) which is nice to have. Defaults could be better, but you can configure it quite extensively.


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  • Alacritty

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    This is fairly new on this list, but it certainly beats pure


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  • PuTTY

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    Windows now includes OpenSSH by default, but PuTTY can also connect to serial ports.


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  • Dealing with files

    computering is a ton of managing files. So here are some of the tools I use.

  • Git

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD Linux Mobile Haiku Website

    How else would you keep track of your projects?


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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    HANDLE ALL THE COMPRESSED FILE FORMATS. (could also go in "looking at stuff QUICKLY")


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  • FreeFileSync

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux openSUSE Linux Mint ... CentOS Ubuntu Debian Website

    This backs up all my files to a different drive. It can do much more, but that's all I need.


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  • FileZilla

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS Website

    If I ever need to move files to or from a server via FTP or SFTP, FileZilla is usually the easiest way for me.


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  • Communication

  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    I have set Thunderbird up in a way that I like. I think it's good software. It's not fancy, but it works very well for me.


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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    My messenger of choice.


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  • Creating things

  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    I spend much time in Calc and Impress, and they work well for all the things I throw at them. No need to use MS Office, in my opinion.


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  • Krita

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S Android Tablet ... PortableApps.com Steam Website

    If you're using GIMP and hate it, try Krita instead. It's actually usable software.


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  • Inkscape

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S BSD ... Snapcraft FLATHUB PortableApps.com X11 MacPorts XQuartz Website

    Basic vector drawing software. I have to admit that I do not particularly like it, but I also found no real FLOSS alternative, yet.


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  • OBS Studio

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com FreeBSD Website

    Record and or stream cameras and window contents.


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  • KiCad

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Creating PCBs. This has a bit of a learning curve, but it is very capable software.


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  • FreeCAD

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Constructing things for manufacturing, I mostly use this to prepare 3d-printed structural parts in projects.


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  • Blender

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Steam Website

    3d modeling and rendering software. I don't think this needs any further introduction.


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  • HandBrake

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    Essentially a gui for ffmpeg, for when I really don't want to bother with the CLI for a given task.


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  • Various Tools

  • MediaMonkey

    Freemium Windows Android Windows S Website

    I want winamp back. And the original winamp team. And that Llama. Until then, MediaMonkey has a great library functionality.


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  • Strawberry

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku Website

    I really want to switch to an open source music program that's available across platforms. Currently, MediaMonkey is still my go-to player, but Strawberry is probably what I will be using in the future.


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  • ManicTime

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android Website

    I keep track of all the things I do on my computer. This can be completely offline and local.


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  • Greenshot

    Freemium Mac Windows Website

    Take screenshots, annotate them and quickly share/save/print them. Highly configurable.


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  • Barrier

    Free Mac Windows Linux FreeBSD OpenBSD Website

    If you have more than one computer on your desk, use Barrier to share mouse and keyboard among them. Fork of Synergy, which is run into the ground by the people maintaining it and which is also becoming less and less free and open source software. So, just switch and be happy!


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  • GnuCash

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... BSD PortableApps.com Website

    Not exactly a recommendation. I use it, but mostly because I have nothing else. If you want to have a particularly bad time, try setting up HBCI/FinTS.


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  • Process Explorer

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Every now and then I run into questions that only Process Explorer can answer. Usually WHY CAN'T I DELETE THAT F***** FILE!?


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  • Open Hardware Monitor

    Free Windows Mono Website

    Quick way to see the temperature of any interesting piece of hardware in your computer. Or if you really can't remember what mainboard you chose.


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  • Gaming

    Of course each of these will also set up a few games, but that's not part of this list.

  • Steam

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad SteamOS Website

    Steam is my second choice.


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