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Situation: A new computer

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Recently, I installed a fresh installation of Ubuntu on my eight-year-old laptop. Specifically, I used - don't judge me - Elementary OS. Before I wiped the hard drive, I made a list of the tools I had on my laptop and used frequently. The list included developer tools such as postman and node, utilities such as spotify and dropbox, and office software like LibreOffice and Inkscape.

What are the very first tools you just need to install on a fresh operating system?

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Yeah I do the same. I keep a list of software I've used in the past, which I update before I get rid of an existing one. Then I go through that list when I get a new computer and install everything I need. This really cuts down on wondering "What's that one app I was using?"


I too use elementary almost daily. I'd say obviously Chrome, VS Code, and for elementary specifically the desktop icon modification cause what good is Chrome OS on a coding PC :P


Thanks! I'm not familiar with "the desktop icon modification". Got a link?


"Desktop Folder" is the official name of it, it's on the App Store for Elementary. Here's an article:

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