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What essential software do you install on a new computer?

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Brandon

For me, it's:

  • A browser
  • VS Code
  • VirtualBox
  • WSL

I live mostly in the cloud, so these are my essentials ๐Ÿ˜

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Seniru Pasan Indira

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

  • GIMP (for image designing)
  • Atom
  • Chrome
  • Netbeans
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Chad Kunde

Headless machine:

  • vim
  • docker
  • go
  • openssh
  • rsync

Dev machine:

  • emacs (w/evil and magit)
  • docker
  • openssh
  • go
  • chrome
  • mpd
  • i3
  • Alacritty
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Lautaro Lobo

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!

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Joe Mainwaring
  • 1Password
  • Chrome
  • Webstorm (preferred IDE)
  • VSCode (fallback IDE for edge-cases)
  • iTerm2
  • Docker
  • Brew.sh
  • Postman
  • Slack
  • Dropbox
  • PIA VPN (primarily for use abroad)
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Max Ong Zong Bao

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

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Adam Szaloczi

VS Code
FireFox Dev. Edition
node
npm
qbittorrent
VLC

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Ghost
  • Firefox
  • XFCE4-Terminal
  • neovim
  • platformio
  • rust env
  • mpv
  • i3wm
  • docker
  • Telegram
  • zathura
  • Kicad
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Sarah
  • Slack
  • Chrome
  • VSCode
  • Spark
  • Spotify
  • Figma
  • node / npm / yarn
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EmNudge

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.

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Sarah

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.

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Giorgos Kontopoulos ๐Ÿ‘€
  • CopyQ
  • SpaceFM
  • Terminator
  • VS Code
  • Firefox / Chromium
  • Gimp
  • InkScape
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • FileZilla
  • Docker
  • Node
  • npm
  • yarn
  • composer
  • VirtualBox
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scottshipp
  • 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
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David J Eddy

An operating system :D.

These days Ubuntu 18.04 or macOS.

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Andreas Jakof • Edited

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)

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Juan Carlos • Edited

Other stuff KDE already has them...

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited
  • 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.)

Here is a post you might want to check out:

Regex for lazy developers

regex for lazy devs

Sorry for the callout ๐Ÿ˜†