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<h1>Software Recommendations</h1>
<p class='date'>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 11:09:43 +0400</p>
<p><i><b>A lot of people know me for my <a href="">"Just use"</a> software series.</i></b><br>
But while I try to make as many videos as possible to cover all the "free software" replacements for software many people use daily, I couldn't make a video on <b><i>every</i></b> piece of software.</br></p>
<p>This article simply contains the software I use and recommend; Most of it requires little to no elite® knowledge of GNU/Linux or software in general; <i>which doesn't mean learning is bad.</i></p>
<h2>Operating Systems</h2>
<p><b>I prefer to run UNIX-like operating systems.</b></p>
<p>Of course for the most part I run GNU/Linux systems; Operating systems based off the GNU core utilities and the Linux kernel that some people call "Linux distros" for brevity. My Linux distro of choice is <b><a href="https://archlinux.org">Arch Linux,</a></b> mostly because it offers a fast package manager with a large-enough pool of updated software, all the configuration and software is kept as simple as possible making maintenance a breeze, and the Arch User Repository offers an excellent way to installs packages outside of the relatively small vanilla repos. <b><i>The AUR makes Arch (probably) the single distro with most software available for it.</i></b></p>
<p><b>However this doesn't mean Arch Linux is flawless...</b></p>
<h2>(Other) Operating Systems</h2>
<p>I think many more advanced Linux users wish to compile more software, for example their <b><a href="https://kernel.org">kernel,</a></b> from source. Compiling your software from source offers a lot of performance advantages, and for this a distribution like <b><a href="https://gentoo.org">Gentoo</a> or <a href="https://k1ss.org">KISS Linux</a> is what I'd recommend.</b></p>
<p>There is also the issue of <b><a href="https://systemd.io">systemd,</a></b> the init system of choice for Arch Linux. Systemd does not follow the UNIX philosophy of being a small, simple, one-purpose program that's easy to understand; Just like the Linux kernel, it is large and ever-growing, and mostly monolithic. I choose to use systemd and Arch Linux merely out of necessity and convenience; A distribution such as Artix, Arch Linux without systemd, may ship more broken or incomplete packages. There are also some packages I use that rely on systemd. If you are willing to live with these slight flaws, then <b><a href="https://artixlinux.org">Artix</a> or <a href="https://www.devuan.org/">Devuan</a> is for you.</b></p>
<h2>Shell</h2>
<p>I normally have multiple shells installed on my system at once; <b><a href="https://fishshell.com/">Fish</a> and Bash.</b> I have Fish set to my user shell due to its convenient auto-complete and memory functions along with wonderful color-scheme compared to boring 'ol Bash. <i>However,</i> I still keep Bash installed and run it occasionally to run more complex one-liner commands.</p>
<h2>Text Editing</h2>
<p>My choice of text editor is often <b><a href="https://www.vim.org">vim;</a></b> it offers a lot of complex and powerful functionality while also being usable by anyone who can open and type in a terminal. However, while I mostly use vim to write I understand why people may wish to use a more "user friendly" option such as a graphical text editor. <b>For this I recommend <a href="https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Gedit">gedit.</a></b>
<h2>Window Management/"DE"</h2>
<p>I personally prefer using the <a href="http://openbox.org">Openbox</a> floating window manager as I find it to be the single one that most easily gets out of my way and puts emphasis on what I really care about: The actual programs I run on my machine.</p>
<h2>Web Browser</h2>
<p>My web browser of choice is <a href="https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium">Ungoogled Chromium.</a> This is a fork of Google's Chromium, but with all Google spyware and bloat removed. You get the performance and wide support of Google Chrome, without any of the privacy concerns. I chose to use this web browser simply because it's the most "minimalist" of them all, not counting independent web browsers like <a href="https://surf.suckless.org">Suckless' Surf.</a></p>
<p>A similar web browser is <a href="https://librewolf-community.gitlab.io/">LibreWolf;</a> essentially Firefox, but with all telemetry and Mozilla bloat removed. It also includes uBlock Origin, which to some people is a plus. Then there's also the <a href="https://brave.com">Brave Browser,</a> which blocks ads and shows you more "privacy respecting" ads to pay you in their crypto, BAT. I find it to be a bit bloated and not exactly my sorta thing, but I don't hate it or oppose people using it.</p>
<p><b>That's pretty much it for me. Most of my other recommendations of software can be found in my Just Use software series anyway.</b></p>
<footer>by <strong><a href='https://denshi.org/'>Denshi</a>, <a href="mailto:alex@denshi.org?subject=Software Recommendations">(Reply-to)</a></strong></footer>
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