What's on my PC?

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

amenthes
amenthesList by amenthes, last updated 2022-10-07
  1. First things first

    The very first things I need on every PC.

  2. Mozilla Firefox icon

    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.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Startpage
  3. KeePassXC icon

    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.

    • Password Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Welcome Screen
  4. Nextcloud icon

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

    • Cloud Storage Service
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Simple and powerful file sync & share
  5. Looking at stuff *quickly*

    Quickly is key, here.

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

  6. nomacs icon

    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.

    • ...
    nomacs screenshot 1
  7. SumatraPDF icon

    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.

    • ...
    SumatraPDF screenshot 1
  8. VLC Media Player icon

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

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  9. Dealing with Text and Terminals

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

  10. VSCodium icon

    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.

    • Code Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • ...
    VSCodium screenshot 1
  11. Notepad++ icon

    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.

    • ...
    Notepad++ screenshot 1
  12. Sublime Text icon

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

    • ...
    Edit side by side in widescreen
  13. Joplin icon

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • Cloudron
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Termux
    • Firefox
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    Desktop and mobile apps
  14. KDiff3 icon

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

    • ...
    KDiff3 screenshot 1
  15. Cmder icon

    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.

    • Terminal Emulator
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • clink
    • ConEmu
    • Windows Command Prompt
    • PowerShell
    • ...
    Cmder screenshot 1
  16. Alacritty icon

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

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    Alacritty screenshot 1
  17. PuTTY icon

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

    • ...
    PuTTY screenshot 1
  18. Dealing with files

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

  19. Git icon

    How else would you keep track of your projects?

    • Version Control System
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Linux Mobile
    • Haiku
    • ...
  20. 7-Zip icon

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

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Main Window
  21. FreeFileSync icon

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

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Windows
  22. FileZilla icon

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

    • FTP Client
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    FileZilla screenshot 1
  23. WinDirStat icon

    Find out where all your disk space went.

    • ...
    Folder sorted after their foldersize
  24. Communication

  25. Thunderbird icon

    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.

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Thunderbird screenshot 1
  26. Signal icon

    My messenger of choice.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • ...
    Signal screenshot 1
  27. Creating things

  28. LibreOffice icon

    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.

    • Office Suite
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Android
    • ...
    LibreOffice Writer on Linux
  29. Krita icon

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

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android Tablet
    • Epic Games Store
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • ...
    Main Window
  30. Inkscape icon

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

    • ...
    Inkscape screenshot 1
  31. OBS Studio icon

    Record and or stream cameras and window contents.

    • Screen Recorder
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    • ...
    OBS Studio screenshot 1
  32. Kdenlive icon

    Cut your videos with Kdenlive.

    • Video Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • KDE
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
    • ...
    Logging
  33. KiCad icon

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

    • ...
    PcbNew - Editor
  34. FreeCAD icon

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

    • CAD Software
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    FreeCAD screenshot 1
  35. Blender icon

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

    • 3D Modeler
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Steam
    • Flatpak
    • ...
    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
  36. digiKam icon

    I used to manage my photos with Lightroom 6, but the recent trend towards renting software prevented me from updating that any further. DigiKam can do most things I did with lightroom quite well. It also does some things much better, like tagging people in photos.

    • ...
    Image editor
  37. HandBrake icon

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

    • ...
    Main UI (Windows)
  38. Various Tools

  39. MediaMonkey icon

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

    • ...
    MediaMonkey screenshot 1
  40. Strawberry icon

    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.

    • ...
    Strawberry screenshot 1
  41. ManicTime icon

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

    • ...
    Tag for a Time Period
  42. Greenshot icon

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

    • ...
    image editor (no stamp with greenshot)
  43. ScreenToGif icon

    Quickly record parts of your screen to create a gif.

    • ...
    Recorder
  44. PDF Arranger icon

    Simple tasks like taking out the foreign languages from PDF manuals or rotating scanned pages can be easily done with this.

    • ...
    Export selection only. Export each selected page to a file. Export all pages to files.
  45. Barrier icon

    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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    Barrier screenshot 1
  46. GnuCash icon

    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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    GnuCash screenshot 1
  47. Wireshark icon

    Network analysis can be quite handy

    • Network Analyzer
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Wireshark screenshot 1
  48. Advanced REST Client icon

    As a developer dealing with APIs here and there, I commonly need an easy way to experiment with those APIs. ARC is a good way to do that.

    • API Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • AppImageHub
    • Google Chrome
    • Chromium
    • ...
    Advanced REST Client screenshot 1
  49. Process Explorer icon

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

    • ...
    Process Explorer screenshot 1
  50. Open Hardware Monitor icon

    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. Recently this seems to have been discontinued. Right now it still supports everything I need, but I might switch to LibreHardwareMonitor in the future.

    • ...
    On Windows 7
    On Debian Linux 6.0 using the Mono Framework.
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This list was created by amenthes Jan 16, 2021 and was last updated Oct 7, 2022. The list has 45 apps.

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