Apps I Use

Published: Thursday, May 7th 2020

This page is work in progress. Consider it a living document :).

The following is a list of mostly free and open-source software that I use on a daily basis and thus want to recommend and hopefully spark an interest in you to explore. I have to say I also use quite a lot of propriatary software, but that’s almost always because I’m forced to because of work or similar reasons. Anywho, here’s the pieces of software you should focus on :)

Desktop

Softare for your computer:

  1. OS: KDE Neon
    Since quite recently, my Linux distribution of choice. KDE Neon is a Linux distro by the KDE project and based on the latest Ubuntu LTE version. Since it’s developed by KDE, it obviously uses KDE Plasma as its desktop environment. I have to say I was really late to the KDE party, but today I’m a fan. KDE is lightweight, fast and stable and the desktop environment and the apps are just beautiful.

  2. Browser: Firefox
    Ever since Mozilla released Firefox Quantum in late 2017, all my browsing has been done solely with Firefox. A browser is really an OS too these days, and Firefox was this browser I always wanted to use, built by this great non-profit Mozilla with it mission to keep the Internet open and accessible for all. Before the Quantum release, however, Firefox had grown sluggish and Google Chrome felt like the only viable option. But these days the situation is quite the opposite, with built-in tracking protection and privacy features, the Internet feels both faster and better when viewed through Firefox. If you aren’t using it already, you should really give it a try.

    1. Extension: Vimium
      Vimium really shifts your browsing experience into next gear by adding Vim-like keybindings to your browser. For any website that’s not a full-blown app (think Google Apps), Vimium gives you blasing fast navigation and interaction with your websites without your hands never having to leave the keyboard. Vimium + Firefox’s Caret Browsing is a world-class combo!

    2. Extension: Multi-Account Containers

    3. Extension: Secure Password Generator

    4. Extension: TabSearch

    5. Extension: Pin Unpin Tab

    6. Extension: JSON Lite

  3. Writing: Emacs
    Emacs has a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered some of it’s peculiarities, there is no turning back. Writing just becomes so much more fluent in Emacs, regardless if that writing is prose or code. Then you can extend it more or less indefinitely, having it do things no other editor can. One additional extra I use every day is Org mode, a system for keeping notes, maintaining todo lists and planning projects, all in plain-text.

  4. Vector graphics: Inkscape
    Every now and then I draw, and when I do, I generally scan those drawings and turn them into vector graphics in Inkscape. I’m far from being a pro, but even so, Inkscape makes it farily easy to do all sorts of vector magic.

  5. Chat: Keybase

  6. Chat: Signal

  7. Password store: pass

  8. Screencast: Open Broadcaster Software

  9. GIF screencast: Peek

  10. Screenshots: Shutter