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What essential software do you install on a new computer?

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  • 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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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.)

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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)

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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Paresh • Edited

I would suggest install "only" those you require to run your dev environment and that depends on tech stack you are using.

Minimum set would be:

  • Web browser of your choice (i.e. Chrom, Firefox etc)
  • IDE (and build tools) of your choice (i.e. Visual Studio, VS Code, Eclipse etc)
  • Source repo client of your choice (i.e. Git bash or some other repo clients)
  • Communication tool of your choice (Mail, Skype, Slack, Teams etc)
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For me, it's:

  • A browser
  • VS Code
  • VirtualBox
  • WSL

I live mostly in the cloud, so these are my essentials 😁

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Jordan Mack 🍍🍕 • Edited

Absolute essentials:

  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Thunderbird
  • SourceTree
  • VSCode
  • Notepad++
  • Google Drive
  • PuTTY or KiTTY
  • 7-Zip

Important, but not essential:

  • ArsClip
  • Discord
  • Everything Search
  • F.lux
  • Keepass
  • Greenshot
  • IrfanView
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player Classic
  • Signal
  • SublimeText
  • Photoshop
  • Winamp

A bunch of these can be quickly installed all at once using

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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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Joe Mainwaring
  • 1Password
  • Chrome
  • Webstorm (preferred IDE)
  • VSCode (fallback IDE for edge-cases)
  • iTerm2
  • Docker
  • Postman
  • Slack
  • Dropbox
  • PIA VPN (primarily for use abroad)
fossheim profile image
  • Slack
  • Chrome
  • VSCode
  • Spark
  • Spotify
  • Figma
  • node / npm / yarn
emnudge profile image

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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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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Mehdi Mousavi

My essentials for mac :

Magnet (window manager)
Pine Player (music player)
Telegram (best messaging app ever!)
The Unarchiver
Persepolis Download Manager
IINA (movie player)
Android File Transfer (by google)
Paste (clipboard manager)
Some Finder Extentions (image size + betterzip viewer + webp viewer + open in vs code + ...)

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Giorgos Kontopoulos 👀
  • CopyQ
  • SpaceFM
  • Terminator
  • VS Code
  • Firefox / Chromium
  • Gimp
  • InkScape
  • Slack
  • Skype
  • FileZilla
  • Docker
  • Node
  • npm
  • yarn
  • composer
  • VirtualBox
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Emma Humphries
  • Firefox
    • I use web for Slack, Discord, and social media
  • VS Code
  • Password manager
  • Cloud storage
  • Chat software like Telegram and Signal, but probably moving to Web versions.
  • Git
  • Node
  • pipx
  • jrnl installed with pipx
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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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  • Firefox
  • XFCE4-Terminal
  • neovim
  • platformio
  • rust env
  • mpv
  • i3wm
  • docker
  • Telegram
  • zathura
  • Kicad

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