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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the pacemaker-firmware-does-not-count dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Whenever I install a fresh operating system on my computer, I immediately grab a handful of programs that I simply must have. After that, I generally wait and install other pieces of software as I need them. My list of known, useful programs has dwindled over the past few years as projects died, ownership transferred, and functionality changed. At the same time, I've begun to have use for certain types of software that I've never needed before. It can be time-consuming and risky to install and evaluate every single option. So, I'm curious: what pieces of software do you find the most useful and reliable? Don't feel the need to limit yourself by operating system, platform, or hardware. If you're so inclined, a brief description about what makes the software great would be helpful, too."

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First! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380775)

Pacemaker firmware.

pr0n (2)

lord_rob the only on (859100) | about 9 months ago | (#46380951)

A computer is unusable without a pr0n collection installed, so VLC a lot of good movies a good picture viewer and pictures, and lastly a good joystick :)

Search Software (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380779)

For Windows, I always install Agent Ransack. My job requires I work with a file type that doesn't lend itself to the standard file search. Agent Ransack really excels at finding needles in haystacks. I also use Beyond Compare on every work PC. After that, it USED to be the gchat app from google, but with them moving to Google talk / hangouts, I've changed over to Pidgen.

Re:Search Software (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | about 9 months ago | (#46381017)

apparently pidgen s so full of security holes the Tor people looked at it and dismissed it as the basis for their messaging system. they're basing theirs on Instantbird [instantbird.com]

Re:Search Software (2)

bigal123 (709270) | about 9 months ago | (#46381075)

I have not used Agent Ransack.... the free version does not look to search inside Office files.http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/features ...

I am curious have you compared Agent Ransack to either DocFetcher or Regain?
DocFetcher -- Open Source desktop search application: It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://docfetcher.sourceforge.... [sourceforge.net]

Regain -- Search engine similar to web search engines like Google, with the difference that you don't search the web, but inside your own files and documents (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://regain.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

/. cookies (5, Interesting)

L'Ange Oliver (1521251) | about 9 months ago | (#46380781)

Always the first thing I install. It even works on all major OS. Keeps beta version at bay ;)

Re:/. cookies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380965)

i turn off javascript to get the old look (i surf with javascript off)

MS Office (0)

Trip6 (1184883) | about 9 months ago | (#46380783)

The fat client lives...

Re:MS Office (5, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | about 9 months ago | (#46380833)

The fat client lives...

fat?

Office 2003 was fat.

Office 2013 ate the OS and shit out Windows 8. Yeah, it's that morbidly obese. Should have named the release "Fat Bastard", but I heard that's being reserved for IE12.

Feedback: VLC is my first install regardless of OS. Damn thing just runs anything I throw at it. Used it for years now.

GCC etc. (5, Interesting)

StripedCow (776465) | about 9 months ago | (#46380789)

sudo apt-get -y install build-essential

And also:
sudo apt-get -y install vim
sudo apt-get -y install git-core
sudo apt-get -y install tcsh
sudo apt-get -y install python
sudo apt-get -y install python-setuptools
sudo apt-get -y install libboost-all-dev
sudo apt-get -y install gdb
sudo apt-get -y install valgrind

Re:GCC etc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380819)

No offense, but why TCSH? I've had to use it on some Solaris machines and didn't like it at all. It didn't have tab completion and home/end keys were broken. Although I guess that last one could have been something else.

Seriously? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380899)

Are you that stupid that you can't figure out how to create your own .tcshrc file for the behavior you want in your environment?

Re:GCC etc. (1)

Above (100351) | about 9 months ago | (#46380907)

Uh, it has better tab completion than bash, and home/end works just fine. I think your Solaris install was broken.

Re:GCC etc. (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 9 months ago | (#46380977)

tcsh fails to fix all of the awful syntactic problems with csh. [perl.com] Korn shell is the way to go, particularly now that it's truly free. Vim, yes (On Linux, there's rarely a need to add it manually, though). Password Gorilla, which I use to store all my passwords, is another.

Re:GCC etc. (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 9 months ago | (#46381093)

I completely agree that Korn is more pleasant to script in. But... for some reason I prefer tcsh at the command line.

Re:GCC etc. (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 9 months ago | (#46381003)

Tab completion isn't a high end feature, you can even get it under DOS (using the 4DOS shell, which is now freeware).
That old system was probably in need of some configuration. Even worse is when you use a prompt where up/down arrows don't work, they show you a few garbage characters instead of acting as a command history feature. e.g. Ocaml interpreter does this, and in some circumstances a *NIX-llike prompt can do this I think.

Re:GCC etc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381047)

By default tcsh only tab completes when your input is already sufficient to unambiguously auto-complete one item.
It doesn't list the options when it can't though.

You lost me at vim (5, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 9 months ago | (#46380957)

There are two kinds of editors; emacs, and lesser.

Re:You lost me at vim (5, Funny)

jolyonr (560227) | about 9 months ago | (#46381043)

Actually, that reminds me, I was meaning to ask on Slashdot if anyone has any advice as to which is the better editor, Vi or Emacs.

I'd love to know.

Re:You lost me at vim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381051)

oh, thems be fighting words!

I work a lot on embedded Linux. Every embedded Linux install has vi. Emacs is few and far between. As I can easily install vi/vim/gvim anywhere that you use emacs, and since it's always included in embedded systems where it's difficult to add extra programs, this means it's more versatile and as such is better.

Re:You lost me at vim (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 9 months ago | (#46381095)

You clearly don't do embedded systems development. I can assure you, emacs is fine for some things, but if you don't know it in addition to rather than instead of vim, then you better not start trying to play with the big boys. You''ll find yourself sans an editor that you can use on the target system.

I'd fuckin' die man (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380791)

Most likely my pacemaker firmware. Can't think of much else.

Re:I'd fuckin' die man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380913)

Lol why you grumps mod this down?
- Not OP

Office productivity apps (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380797)

Solitaire

Total Commander (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380801)

Unable to use an computer without it, runs fine under wine ..

My choice too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381097)

First things, first. Total Commander, and then keep installing other stuff.

Not a developer, but..... (4, Informative)

Kr1ll1n (579971) | about 9 months ago | (#46380811)

Notepad++ on Windows
TextMate on OSX

Titanium Backup, other Android Apps (2)

crow (16139) | about 9 months ago | (#46380813)

On a new Android phone, the first thing that I do is root it and install Titanium Backup.

Then there are a few other apps that I must have, though the specifics aren't as important as the functionality:

VNC client: I like Jump (which was a Amazon Free App of the Day a while back) because it has ssh integrated. It's a pain using middle and right mouse buttons, though, and it doesn't use public key authorization for ssh (though I think the iPhone version does).

Terminal: I like KBox (http://kevinboone.net/kbox2.html) so that I can write and use some scripts.

SSH Client: I think I use SSH Droid.

Hacker Keyboard: Having a keyboard with both numbers and symbols active at the same time as letters is really nice, even if it does use up half the screen.

Everything (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380815)

Really fast search tool.

Could your question be more generic? (-1, Troll)

oscrivellodds (1124383) | about 9 months ago | (#46380821)

Come on, really, you just want us to list software? You don't have specific types of activities in mind? You don't even have a specific OS in mind?

Ask again when you have a question worthy of a response.

Re:Could your question be more generic? (2)

F. Lynx Pardinus (2804961) | about 9 months ago | (#46380837)

It's just an excuse to have an open thread and chat. If that's not your thing, that's fine.

Re:Could your question be more generic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380947)

If you or I tried to do that, our comments would be marked as "Troll". Wouldn't it be nice to be able to mark a summary that way?

(and guess why I'm posting this as AC?...)

Re:Could your question be more generic? (-1, Flamebait)

Hylandr (813770) | about 9 months ago | (#46380923)

Dewd, this isn't 4chan.

Faggot.

Re:Could your question be more generic? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380973)

You misspelled "Faget"

spel check in a brower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380823)

But seriously - I think the older I get, the more I lose my mind. Spell check helps me at least hide it better (and keeps my mind off Beta).

You mean "install" like "manually install" (1)

drolli (522659) | about 9 months ago | (#46380825)

apt-get install task-desktop task-file-server task-laptop

Basic productivity CLI and GUI apps (1)

dberstein (648161) | about 9 months ago | (#46380827)

CLI tools: vim, curl, wget, aptitude on Debian based distros.
GUI tools: Chrome, (Libre/Open)Office, Thunderbird. Any other is as required at "runtime".

Ninite (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380829)

Pick your programs, install them all silently, with good defaults, and check(and install) updates for all with very effort.

Linux: Only the basics (2)

crow (16139) | about 9 months ago | (#46380831)

On my regular Linux desktop and laptop systems, I just want the basic apps, and then have it get out of the way so that I can work:

emacs, xterm, OpenSSH, and twm (with a few patches I've added).

The only big apps that I use are Thunderbird and Chromium.

I make sure to not install Gnome or KDE.

Sweet, sweet emacs (4, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 9 months ago | (#46380969)

If your editor doesn't have its own church, how can it be a serious piece of code?

vlc, need I say more... (Sqore:200,000: Super) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380839)

vlc, mplayer, ffmpeg, vim, gcc, devel headers, kernel devel, nvidia driver, yumex, gimp, snes9x,
firefix + noscript + forcastfox, thunderbird, wine, kid3 + easytag, okular, gnostscript, gdb, ddd; vmplayer.

Bunch of other important but less used utilities: liveUSB builder, inkscape, ksensors, wmcalclock.

Pretty sure none of the above really need an explanation. Note that when major apps are installed,
their dependencies bring in a whole bunch of other libraries (vlc brings in many) too numerous to list.

I generally run Fedora, but I think these might be staples for most everyone.

Good web browsers. (5, Informative)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 9 months ago | (#46380841)

Firefox and Opera are on my list of good ones so far.

Re:Good web browsers. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380939)

I could've sworn you wrote "good" there, but you mention Failfox and Gropera.

@Z00L00K - Re:Good web browsers. (1)

nukenerd (172703) | about 9 months ago | (#46380955)

Firefox and Opera are on my list of good ones so far.

You can't live without having both of them ??

Re:Good web browsers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381079)

Not after they dumped Opera for Opera Next.

You mean other than what is installed by Default? (3, Informative)

DadLeopard (1290796) | about 9 months ago | (#46380847)

That would be Thunderbird, followed by Calibre and Skype. I don't care for Evolution, so Thunderbird which is nice and simple to use! Calibre since I have a Sony Reader which uses epub format, since Calibre can convert just about any eBook format to just about any other one, as long as they are not DRMed, it also keeps my eBook library nicely organized. Skype is because one son lives 800 miles away and another 6,157 miles away right now, and Skype works with MS, Apple and Linux OSes so we can keep in touch and see each others faces once in a while!

Debian Linux testing (1)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | about 9 months ago | (#46380849)

CRAN, and PYPI. I pretty much have everything I need with the 3 repositories.

Emacs and GCC (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380853)

They are the Alpha and the Omega.

Re:Emacs and GCC (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 9 months ago | (#46380975)

Also, the alphabet in between.

windows user picks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380859)

F.lux: http://justgetflux.com/
about:
Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?
Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Fences: http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/
about:
Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop. It can hide icons when they are not in use as well as make it easy to place icons into moveable groups called "fences".
What makes it so popular?
Fences is the world's most popular desktop enhancement for Windows®. What makes it so compelling is that what it does is so obviously useful and necessary that it is amazing that no one has thought of it before.

FuTTY: https://code.google.com/p/futty/
about:
FuTTY is FireEgl's fork of PuTTY Tray and includes lots of Features beyond the official PuTTY. (clickable urls in irssi!)

Re:windows user picks (1)

Hylandr (813770) | about 9 months ago | (#46381045)

Wish I could +1 this.

well... (1)

buddyglass (925859) | about 9 months ago | (#46380861)

Since I switched to Macs, its basically Excel, Eclipse and Firefox. And gcc, which I get by installing the Xcode command line tools.

My list (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380863)

I mostly use mac & linux via ssh

Windows:
Irfanview - Always first thing I do.
Putty
Powerarchiver
All major browsers
Openvpn client

Mac:
All major browsers
Textwrangler
Snapndrag (best screenshot tool ever)
Textual
Remote Desktop (Mac & windows)
Tunnelblick (openvpn)
Adium

Linux:
Random tools as needed

Core sysadmin toolkit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380869)

wget and nano

Linux Spoils Me. (1)

ElectraFlarefire (698915) | about 9 months ago | (#46380871)

On a standard Debian/Ununtu Desktop install?
After fixing up my window manager, web/email/etc, very little needs to be installed..
Everything else is 'nice to have' tools. And custom scripts/settings.

Random Windows and Programming tools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380875)

Notepad++
7zip
Python
Visual Studio
Wireshark
HashTab - simple shell extension for checking hashes via properties
HxD - really any basic hex editor would do
Sysinternals
Chrome
Office, Adobe, etc... - sadly required for work

Re:Random Windows and Programming tools (1)

Marginal Coward (3557951) | about 9 months ago | (#46381059)

Good list. It overlaps many of mine:

    Vim
    7-zip
    Python
    Visual Studio
    BeyondCompare
    Sysinternals
    Firefox, Chrome, and Opera
    grep (I use a really ancient one from Borland C - I've tried GNU's version but simply don't like it)
    git, Tortoise Git, and msysgit
    OpenOffice or LibreOffice
    Adobe Acrobat and Flash (sadly)

and last but not least (drum roll, please)...

    Classic Shell

Note that my list contains a few key things that only run on Windows, notably Visual Studio and the ancient Borland grep. I keep hoping that the "GNU/Linux System" will catch up in both regards, but I'm not holding my breath. ;-)

A web browser (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380883)

Duh. And seriously, you dipshits who keep saying "Emacs" or similar, just put a cork in it. No on cares, and no one thinks you're special.

Firefox (1)

RandCraw (1047302) | about 9 months ago | (#46380887)

Sure, GCC, Linux, sendmail, SCCS, any many more are essential to the open software stack I would die for. But the importance of a modern, full-featured, open browser simply can't be overstated. Without Firefox, the web would be a much less trustworthy world, and I'd be much less willing to take part in it.

GKrellm or other system monitor (5, Insightful)

DrJimbo (594231) | about 9 months ago | (#46380895)

The first thing I install is a system monitor.

I like to keep a close eye on CPU usage, memory usage, disk usage, and network usage. Without that information it feels like I'm flying blind. It is often important on a new system when I don't know what is running and consuming resources.

On Windows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380897)

TotalCommander.

since the 80's.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380903)

Emacs.

I learned one editor in the 80's, and it's still as or more powerful than anything else out there. Runs on every OS, in every environment, edits every kind of text file, even things fancy new IDEs like Visual Studio don't know what to do with and fall back to treating as plain text. Integrates with source control, and has more powerful editing abilities than any other editor I've ever encountered.

In recent years, it's even trivial to install: "apt-get install emacs".

But it has a steep learning curve, something that's out of style.

Re:since the 80's.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380959)

LOL, I take it you've never learned to use vi.

It's an investment (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 9 months ago | (#46380983)

Every time you level up, and try something new, there is some pleasant surprise, like TRAMP mode.

1Password (1)

cbreak (1575875) | about 9 months ago | (#46380905)

It's not like I'd die without it, but I wouldn't' get into any of my accounts. I also use a lot: Firefox, TextWrangler, Xcode, clang, quicksilver, Mac OS X, ...

1 I wrote myself for GOOD reason(s) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380909)

Hosts do more w/ less (1 file) @ a faster level (ring 0) vs redundant browser addons (slowing up slower ring 3 browsers) via filtering 4 the IP stack (coded in C, loads w/ OS, & 1st net resolver queried w\ 45++ yrs.of optimization):

---

APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ 32/64-bit:

http://start64.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5851:apk-hosts-file-engine-64bit-version&catid=26:64bit-security-software&Itemid=74

(Details of hosts' benefits enumerated in link)

Summary:

---

A. ) Hosts do more than AdBlock ("souled-out" 2 Google/Crippled by default) + Ghostery (Advertiser owned) - "Fox guards henhouse", or Request Policy -> http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4127345&cid=44701775

B. ) Hosts add reliability vs. downed or redirected DNS + secure vs. known malicious domains too -> http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3985079&cid=44310431 w/ less added "moving parts" complexity + room 4 breakdown,

C. ) Hosts files yield more speed (blocks ads & hardcodes fav sites - faster than remote DNS), security (vs. malicious domains serving mal-content + block spam/phish), reliability (vs. downed or Kaminsky redirect vulnerable DNS, 99% = unpatched vs. it & worst @ ISP level + weak vs FastFlux + DynDNS botnets), & anonymity (vs. dns request logs + DNSBL's).

---

* Addons = more complex + slowup browsers in message passing (use a few concurrently & see) - Addons slowdown SLOWER usermode browsers layering on MORE: I work w/ what you have in kernelmode, via hosts (A tightly integrated PART of the IP stack itself)

APK

P.S.=> * "A fool makes things bigger + more complex: It takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Einstein

** "Less is more" = GOOD engineering!

*** "The premise is, quite simple: Take something designed by nature & reprogram it to make it work FOR the body, rather than against it..." - Dr. Alice Krippen "I AM LEGEND"

...apk

LinuxCNC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380915)

Linuxcnc. I would not be able to run my business without it.

Re:LinuxCNC (1)

SirTicksAlot (576078) | about 9 months ago | (#46380931)

I agree. Very powerful although I wish it wasn't so tied to a really old Ubuntu release.

say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380919)

Fresh operating system?

minimal installation includes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380921)

post OS install, the list goes :
Avast AV (free edition)
Comodo Firewall (free edition)
Malwarebytes (free)
PuTTY
WinSCP

Productivity (1)

denisbergeron (197036) | about 9 months ago | (#46380927)

Last version of LibreOffice
Gimp
inkscape
and a buch of font.
All linux come with ssh and telnet, who need more.

vi (1)

fsck-beta (3539217) | about 9 months ago | (#46380933)

vi or vim, must have, everything else is gravy

Re:vi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380967)

In the name of Emacs, avaunt!

If it is a Windows 7 or later system: (1)

the_rajah (749499) | about 9 months ago | (#46380945)

Firefox Chrome
MS Security Essentials
Malwarebytes
LibreOffice
Filezilla
Gimp

After that it depends on what I'm purposing the system for.

If it's for my use, I'll install VirtualBox along with a copy of my XP VM for some legacy software that doesn't play on any later versions of Windows

Windows file management ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46380949)

If you are too lazy to organize data properly, these tools are extremely helpful:

TreeSize - calculates the sizes of all your directories, quickly
Beyond Compare - diff for directories. Very powerful and fast.
Locate32 - desktop search, but doesn't send info to your favorite advertizing companies. Also lightening fast.

LaunchBar (1)

pianophile (181111) | about 9 months ago | (#46380953)

On any new Mac (and NeXT) since the 90's. I've seldom launched an app any other way in years.

My List (4, Informative)

Hrrrg (565259) | about 9 months ago | (#46380963)

Adobe Lightroom - does 95% of what I would do with photoshop, works on raw images and simplifies my workflow tremendously. I almost never use photoshop anymore.

Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, Libreoffice, Adobe Reader, - self explanatory.

Firefox with Adblock plus and Better Privacy and HTPS Everywhere installed.

KeepassX - Password manager. Multiplatform, much less buggy than Keepass2 (note to develepers: please take it out of alpha status!)

F.Lux - warms up the color of your monitor in the evenings so that it doesn't interfere with your circadian rhythm, hopefully improves sleep. (hey - it's free!)

Videolan (VLC) - excellent video player (despite the crappy name)

Sandboxie (paid $$) - Sandbox your browser and various other programs

FastOne Image Viewer - excellent, free sildeshow software

Secunia PSI - makes sure your programs are kept up-to-date

emacs (1)

yotam (155187) | about 9 months ago | (#46380979)

Emacs is a necessity for me.
For editing local and remote (via tramp) files.
Run simple shells, compile, grep, diff, clean directories. All within emacs.

Tons (1)

Sandman1971 (516283) | about 9 months ago | (#46380993)

The very first thing I install on a home machine is an antivirus/antimalware app, since it's Windows after all. Followed by Chrome to download and install drivers/apps for my peripherals (printer, videocard, dsl camera, scanner, etc..). Once that's done comes Thunderbird, Mozbackup (to transfer my old emails/addons) and VirtualBox (With Ubuntu, Edubuntu). Followed by Photoshop and Premiere. Then Steam, Origin and World of Warcraft. The rest I do like you, install them as required.

My list from a larger list i keep (-1, Flamebait)

bigal123 (709270) | about 9 months ago | (#46380999)

This list is part of a much longer list that I maintain and sometimes publish. There are few others, but some are more as needed special use cases. * 7-ZIP -- Create/Extra ZIP and many other other file compression formats, very powerful. Note can open some installer EXE and MSI files (see Microsoft Orca for more MSI options) (free, open source, Windows, there may be Linux/Mac variants). http://www.7-zip.com/ [7-zip.com] * CCleaner -- System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. (free, closed source, Windows) http://www.ccleaner.com/ [ccleaner.com] **Alternate Tool** BleachBit -- Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. (free, open source Linux/Windows) http://bleachbit.sourceforge.n... [sourceforge.net] * Greenshot -- Good Screen Shot tool with simple annotation options. (free, open source, Windows) http://greenshot.sourceforge.n... [sourceforge.net] * IrfanView -- Image Program View, convert, crop, optimize, sideshow, batch Processing etc (free noncommercial, closed source, Windows) http://www.irfanview.com/ [irfanview.com] Instantbird -- Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) **Alternate Tool** Pidgin - Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://pidgin.im/ [pidgin.im] * KeePass Password Safe -- Good Quality secure password manager, stores passwords encrypted. (free, open source, Windows Linux/Mac with Mono) http://keepass.info/ [keepass.info] * LibreOffice -- Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production. Excellent replacement for other Office Suites, can open many different and sometimes odd file types -- (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.libreoffice.org/ [libreoffice.org] * Mozilla.org FireFox -- Web browser for more security then Internet Explore (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.mozilla.com/ [mozilla.com] http://www.mozilla.org/ [mozilla.org] * SpeedCrunch -- fast, high-precision and powerful cross-platform desktop calculator (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.speedcrunch.org/ [speedcrunch.org] & http://speedcrunch.blogspot.co... [blogspot.com] * UltraEdit -- Probably the absolute best most powerful text editors around, edit huge files, FTP, column mode, and more (shareware, closed source, Win/Mac/Linux) http://www.ultraedit.com/ [ultraedit.com] **Alternate Tool** Noteppad++ -- Good Text / Source Code Editor replacement for Microsoft Windows Notepad/Wordpad (free, open source) http://notepad-plus.sourceforg... [sourceforge.net] * VLC Media Player -- One of the best media players out there. Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats ) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.videolan.org/ [videolan.org]

Re:My list from a larger list i keep (1)

bigal123 (709270) | about 9 months ago | (#46381087)

sorry this post is messed up ... see next post down for better formatting .... i could not delete it after posting.

Old Slashdot. Also: FUCK BETA!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381001)

Just revert it already!

My List (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381005)

Windows only List:
Putty,
7zip,
  AnyDVD

On All Machines
eclipse
Office Libre
Mysql / mysql workbench
Firefox
nano
VLC
tomcat

I'd have to say Linux (1)

EzInKy (115248) | about 9 months ago | (#46381009)

From productivity to timewasters, I'd be bankrupt if I had to pay for all the free software available to me due to it being being part of a Linux distribution. Yes, I know that much of the same software has been ported to proprietary systems such as Microsoft's and Apple's, but with Linux I know that from the ground up I can depend on the software in the base distro being free.

Reposting/Fixing My List (5, Informative)

bigal123 (709270) | about 9 months ago | (#46381023)

This list is part of a much longer list that I maintain and sometimes publish.

* 7-ZIP -- Create/Extra ZIP and many other other file compression formats, very powerful. Note can open some installer EXE and MSI files (see Microsoft Orca for more MSI options) (free, open source, Windows, there may be Linux/Mac variants). http://www.7-zip.com/ [7-zip.com]

* CCleaner -- System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. (free, closed source, Windows) http://www.ccleaner.com/ [ccleaner.com] **Alternate Tool** BleachBit -- Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. (free, open source Linux/Windows) http://bleachbit.sourceforge.n... [sourceforge.net]

* Greenshot -- Good Screen Shot tool with simple annotation options. (free, open source, Windows) http://greenshot.sourceforge.n... [sourceforge.net]

* IrfanView -- Image Program View, convert, crop, optimize, sideshow, batch Processing etc (free noncommercial, closed source, Windows) http://www.irfanview.com/ [irfanview.com]

Instantbird -- Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) **Alternate Tool** Pidgin - Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://pidgin.im/ [pidgin.im]

* KeePass Password Safe -- Good Quality secure password manager, stores passwords encrypted. (free, open source, Windows Linux/Mac with Mono) http://keepass.info/ [keepass.info]

* LibreOffice -- Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production. Excellent replacement for other Office Suites, can open many different and sometimes odd file types -- (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.libreoffice.org/ [libreoffice.org]

* Mozilla.org FireFox -- Web browser for more security then Internet Explore (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.mozilla.com/ [mozilla.com] http://www.mozilla.org/ [mozilla.org]

* SpeedCrunch -- fast, high-precision and powerful cross-platform desktop calculator (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.speedcrunch.org/ [speedcrunch.org] & http://speedcrunch.blogspot.co... [blogspot.com]

* UltraEdit -- Probably the absolute best most powerful text editors around, edit huge files, FTP, column mode, and more (shareware, closed source, Win/Mac/Linux) http://www.ultraedit.com/ [ultraedit.com] **Alternate Tool** Noteppad++ -- Good Text / Source Code Editor replacement for Microsoft Windows Notepad/Wordpad (free, open source) http://notepad-plus.sourceforg... [sourceforge.net]

* VLC Media Player -- One of the best media players out there. Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. (free, oen source, Linux/Mac/Windows)
http://www.videolan.org/ [videolan.org]

GNU HURD (1)

boolithium (1030728) | about 9 months ago | (#46381029)

I don't use it, never used it, and never plan on using it, not even sure it really exists, but I feel my life would be incomplete without it.

Mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381035)

foobar2000
Bitcoin-Qt
Hexchat
Pidgin
Mozilla Firefox
VLC
Rufus (USB flash drive image writing tool)

What do install immediately? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 9 months ago | (#46381041)

screen and vlock. Most everything else I need is installed by default.

Not much (1)

Thraxy (1782662) | about 9 months ago | (#46381049)

I don't do any coding these days, so I basically get by with Firefox and Skype. I'm thinking of getting rolling again in the creative field though, so if anyone wants to recommend decent video editing software for Linux and/or Windows please leave a comment.

Windows (1)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | about 9 months ago | (#46381053)

Windows
Firefox
Filezilla
Putty
VirtualBox

My windows software list. (1)

Rainwulf (865585) | about 9 months ago | (#46381055)

My current OS is server 2008 R2 Standard Edition.
Winrar.
AcdSEE32 bit 2.42 (Yes. OLD AS THE HILLS)
Bullzip PDF Printer.
WinSCP (ftp program)
Foobar2000
Office 2010 (outlook required for work)
A whole whack of registry and hacked system files.

Re:My windows software list. (1)

Rainwulf (865585) | about 9 months ago | (#46381061)

Oh and Chrome, and Media Player Classic HC.

Windows (1)

Killerfishmonkey (1943236) | about 9 months ago | (#46381063)

First off... Windows 7 is the only way to go. It is stable, and you get to access all those sweet videogames. But before all that, the standard software. Your specific hardware drivers. The latest ones. set the schedule now. Defrag should run once a week, I run mine in the night on Wednesday. if you shut the PC down after every use though. get AUSLogics Defrag. It will run if the computer is idle for 15 mins. Google Chrome - https://www.google.com/intl/en... [google.com] Google Picasa - https://www.google.com/picasa/ [google.com] Ccleaner - http://download.cnet.com/CClea... [cnet.com] Try and find a version of Office that does not require a monthly bill. Office 365 is a very horrible idea and I have no idea why someone would pay for it monthly. then again there is open office which is free.

On Windows.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381065)

Skipping past the inane flamebait responses about how much Windows sucks and just answering the question since I am required to use Windows for work.

* Wizmouse - Gotten a little quirky lately, but scrolls any window under the mouth without the window needing focus
* Ninite Updater - Best way I've found to "forget" about having to update many individual apps
* MWSnap - Great, simple and free screenshot tool. Hasn't been updated in ages but still works great
* Mouse Speed Switcher - Automatically changes numerous mouse settings whenever I switch devices
* SecondCopy - Numerous options for automatic/manual backup
* EditPad Lite (JG software's version of notepad on steroids)
* FastStone Image Viewer - Replaces the abortion of an image viewer that MS includes in the OS.
* Handbrake - duh
* AnyDVD - because sometimes I still do get physical DVDs
* Chrome - Often better than IE (though not always)
* Chrome extension: Empty New Tab Page - Fixes horrible security & privacy issue with Chrome startup showing recent tabs
* FireFox - Annoying, bloated and slow, but useful with extensions such as Adblock Plus, BetterPrivacy, DownloadHelper, NoScript, RequestPolicy
* Last Pass - password manager
* Xmarks - bookmarks synchronizer
* MS Office - Open/Libre just doesn't cut it for interacting with the real corporate world
* Thunderbird with Lightning extension for Google calendar - email & personal calendar

That's pretty much it for "must have". Things like Skype didn't make it onto the list because although I use them frequently for work, I'd still be productive without them.

My favorite apps (1)

ALeader71 (687693) | about 9 months ago | (#46381069)

Multi-platform:
Firefox, Chrome

OS/X:
Terminal, Outlook, Word and Excel, Dropbox, Evernote, Geektool, todo.txt, Rido

Android
Feedly, Maps, Beat the Traffic, Evernote, bar code scanner, my grocery store's app, Rido, Sonos

Windows 7:
Putty, WinSCP, Notepad++, Rdio, Sonos Linux: vim, terminal, ssh, keystore, apt-get, yum, the list goes on.

My list (1)

markdavis (642305) | about 9 months ago | (#46381073)

Firefox
LibreOffice
GIMP
Audacity
Pidgin
VirtualBox
Clawsmail
VLC/Mplayer
Audacious
Openssh

Lots of other things, but those seem to be a primary "core" for me (Linux, of course).

sudo apt-get install (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381077)

sudo apt-get install vim ksnapshot vlc chromium-browser eog htop openssh-server apache2 mysql-server php5 build-essential virtualbox clementine

The only things I might not install are the KDE based ones (ksnapshot, clementine?) because they bring along 200+ MB dependencies with them.

While the order varies... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381083)

But generally...

Winders:
Firefox (Used to be chrome - but I'm in a de-Google-ing phase)
7zip
UltraVNC
1Password
Notepad++
Sublime Text
VLC
Balsamiq Mockups
Mumble Client
X-Mind
Unity
Eclipse
Steam
Dropbox
HexChat
Paint Shop Pro 7.02
Paragon HFS+ for Windows
VMWare Workstation (Stability & enterprise compatibility wins)
FRAPS
SecureCRT
hg/TortoiseHG
JDK

Mac:
As windows minus Notepad++
sub VMWare Fusion Pro (Stability & enterprise compatibility wins)
sub Pixelmater for PSP
sub Snak for HexChat
Paragon NTFS for Mac
Remote Desktop Client for Mac
MenuMeters
Hazel

Linux:
(Debian if mine, RHEL/OEL if for the current day job)
- Just what's needed for the boxes purpose

What no virus scanner?
Correct. Learn to firewall and distrust everything on the internet, and you will have a lot less issues with viruses. On Windows I still occasionally get around to installing one of the free ones + MSE even though its balls.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but whatever they might be they get installed as I notice they're missing

Just a web browser. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46381089)

Any modern one will do.

None (1)

stooo (2202012) | about 9 months ago | (#46381091)

Basically, i could live without any software at all.
But if you insist, perhaps i would respond : "Linux"

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