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What are your "core" programs?

Postby King Author » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:41 pm UTC

If you're presented with a clean install of your OS of choice with no pre-installed programs aside from what's necessary for the OS to function and like, do networking and recognize printers and that sort of thing, what are the programs you're going to install? Not counting games, obviously.

For me...
Firefox
Irfanview
GOM Player
GIMP
OpenOffice
AutoHotkey
Power Menu
7Zip
uTorrent
Virtual Clone Drive
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Link » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:19 pm UTC

Weird coincidence: I actually did a fresh Debian install over the past few days, so I've had to think about this. Anyway, the core programs for me are:
  • Firefox/Iceweasel (before Australis, anyway, but there aren't any decent alternatives yet)
  • Thunderbird/Icedove
  • Vim
  • Git
  • TeXlive
  • Python, with Numpy, SciPy and Matplotlib
  • Qalculate!
  • Sage
  • Clementine
  • Parcellite
  • feh
Some other programs for which I don't mind having to use an alternative too much, but which are greatly appreciated nevertheless:
  • Okular
  • KTorrent
  • MATE Terminal
  • MATE Panel
  • Openbox
Then there are a bunch of programs I like to have available but that aren't that essential for me, such as GIMP, Inkscape and LibreOffice (I only use the latter for Calc and for viewing ppt(x) files anyway).

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:38 pm UTC

TEXlive? Is that better than Texmaker?
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby PeteP » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:47 pm UTC

FIrefox
Total Commander
Steam
Skype
Jdownloader or some alternative
utorrent
OneNote
Notepad++
Calibre
Media Player Classic
7-zip
soundswitch
feedreader
keepas
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby scarecrovv » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:21 pm UTC

Starting fresh with Arch Linux, here are a few things I can recall.

Desktopy stuff:
X11
xmonad, xmonad-contrib, and whatever other cabal packages are needed to get my custom xmonad.hs file working.
xmobar
fbpanel
dmenu
nm-applet

Software developery stuff:
vim
git
git-annex
ghc / cabal
Python
gcc / g++
clisp
make

Web browsery stuff:
Firefox
Pentadactyl
Tab Mix Plus
It's All Text
Flash
profile-sync-daemon

Other stuff:
A terminal emulator, like gnome-terminal or urxvt
encfs
locate
tmux
mosh
mplayer
all the nasty non-free video codecs and stuff
pdflatex, and all the things needed to make it work
file-roller
baobab
kolourpaint
GIMP
evince

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby strake » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:12 am UTC

I assume a non-server and a Unix-like operating system.

• sandy
• tmux
• netcat
• pv
• git
• plan9port
• strace
• PGP program, likely GnuPG
• llvm+clang
• make
• ghc
• zsh
• rsync
• mutt
• btpd
• TeX Live
• X11 server, likely Xorg or xenocara
• st
• dmenu
• i3
• xombrero
• mpv
• zathura
• scrot
• sxiv
• youtube-dl
• Inkscape
• GIMP
• Audacity
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Link » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:19 am UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:TEXlive? Is that better than Texmaker?

It's a different beast altogether. TeX Live is the standard TeX distribution on many Linux systems, whereas Texmaker is a LaTeX editor. I just use Vim as my editor and use the tools included in texlive (particularly latexmk and friends) to compile my sources into PDF; I then use Okular to view that PDF.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Quercus » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:20 am UTC

Windows 7 for me (because photoshop and lightroom are essential for my photography workflow).

Firefox
Thunderbird (for local gmail backups)
Calibre (ebook management)
Spotify
Evernote
Skype
VLC
LibreOffice

Photoshop CC
Lightroom 5

Avast free
TrueImage (backup/drive cloning)
Notepad++
gVim
Cygwin
7-Zip
WinDirStat
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:22 am UTC

Link wrote:
Fractal_Tangent wrote:TEXlive? Is that better than Texmaker?

It's a different beast altogether. TeX Live is the standard TeX distribution on many Linux systems, whereas Texmaker is a LaTeX editor. I just use Vim as my editor and use the tools included in texlive (particularly latexmk and friends) to compile my sources into PDF; I then use Okular to view that PDF.


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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Xenomortis » Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:24 am UTC

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Opera
Chrome
Steam
(g)Vim
Git
MinGW/GCC
make
Visual Studio
Putty
NoMachine
Winamp
Python
Paint Shop Pro 5 (assuming I can find the disk...)
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Qaanol » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:05 am UTC

OS X here:

Utilities
BetterTouchTool (custom gestures & shortcuts)
Karabiner (remap keyboard)
Seil (low-level key remapping, useful for Caps Lock)
TinkerTool (hidden system prefs)
Boom (system-wide equalizer & volume enhancer)
QuickRes (change screen resolution quickly & beyond default options)
The Unarchiver (decompress lots of file formats)
(and previously Ukelele, but now I’ve finished my custom keyboard layout*)

Applications
Chrome (web browser)
TextWrangler (plain text editor)
Bean (rich text editor / lightweight word processor)
Acorn (photo editing)
iDraw (vector drawing)
Xcode (programming)
FreeMat (Matlab clone)

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby King Author » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:24 am UTC

Link wrote:Weird coincidence: I actually did a fresh Debian install over the past few days, so I've had to think about this. Anyway, the core programs for me are:[list]
[*]Firefox/Iceweasel (before Australis, anyway, but there aren't any decent alternatives yet)


I'm using a pre-Australis Firefox install. Not because of Australis, but because of EME support; the two just so happened to coincide. I'm not upgrading until someone makes an EME-free, non-Australis fork, which I hope is soon.

Link wrote:Then there are a bunch of programs I like to have available but that aren't that essential for me, such as GIMP, Inkscape and LibreOffice (I only use the latter for Calc and for viewing ppt(x) files anyway).


I've never heard of anyone using LibreOffice for Calc. Is it good?

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Steam
Skype
Jdownloader or some alternative
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OneNote
Notepad++
Calibre
Media Player Classic
7-zip
soundswitch
feedreader
keepas
eclipse


Jdownloader is full of adware, you know, right?
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Link » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:25 pm UTC

King Author wrote:I'm using a pre-Australis Firefox install. Not because of Australis, but because of EME support; the two just so happened to coincide. I'm not upgrading until someone makes an EME-free, non-Australis fork, which I hope is soon.
Agreed. On my Gentoo boxen, I'm still using the Firefox 24 ESR, but Debian Jessie unfortunately only has Iceweasel 31.

King Author wrote:I've never heard of anyone using LibreOffice for Calc. Is it good?

It's OK, to the extent I haven't really bothered to look for alternatives. Then again, I only need spreadsheets once in a blue moon; if I used them daily, I'd imagine I'd soon enough find sufficient reason not to like Calc. ;) In any case, Calc is pretty much the only part of LibreOffice for which LaTeX isn't a suitable substitute.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby roband » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:29 am UTC

Shouts to ninite for making it super easy to install all this default shit in one go.

https://ninite.com/

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Andries » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:41 am UTC

For work
Chrome
MS office suite
Zotero
Evernote
Adobe reader

For enjoyment
Ableton Live
Ocenaudio

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Envelope Generator » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:57 am UTC

openbox
xterm
emacs
firefox
some pdf viewer
ssh
mplayer
conky
gimp
ardour
rezound
kstars
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Andries » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:14 pm UTC

hmmm, ardour. I'd be interested in how it compares for you with e.g. reaper, bitwig?

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby elminster » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:51 pm UTC

Chrome
Winamp
Skype
Visual Studio
Notepad++
Photoshop
Sketchup
ShareX (Best app I started using recently)
VLC
WinRAR
Wireshark (Network data capture/analysis)
AIDA64
uTorrent (I'm thinking of changing)
f.lux
Process Explorer (A better taskmanger type software)
Microsoft Office (I'd rather that I never have to install it, but always end up needing to at some point)
IDA Pro (Industry leading disassembler. Very useful for reverse engineering)

I use all those fairly regularly (At least a few times a week).
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Tyndmyr » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:53 pm UTC

Judging from "programs that seem to be installed on all systems":

Eclipse
Visual Studio(various)
Some sort of improved text editor(Notepad++ seems most common, but not standardized).
Milkshape
Unity3d
Firefox
Chrome
Open Office
Some graphics app(also, strangely, not standardized).
Tomcat(god knows why I put it on the netbook)
7-zip
Cubify printing software

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby King Author » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

elminster wrote:Chrome
Winamp
Skype
Visual Studio
Notepad++
Photoshop
Sketchup
ShareX (Best app I started using recently)
VLC
WinRAR
Wireshark (Network data capture/analysis)
AIDA64
uTorrent (I'm thinking of changing)
f.lux
Process Explorer (A better taskmanger type software)
Microsoft Office (I'd rather that I never have to install it, but always end up needing to at some point)
IDA Pro (Industry leading disassembler. Very useful for reverse engineering)

I use all those fairly regularly (At least a few times a week).


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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Quercus » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:54 pm UTC

King Author wrote:Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten.


App is simply a contraction of application, which refers to application software, as opposed to system software such as drivers or a shell. It's arguably more correct (or at least more precise) to call pieces of application software "apps" rather than simply "programs", regardless of platform.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Yablo » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:36 pm UTC

Firefox
MS Office
Irfanviewer
7-zip
µTorrent
iTunes (as much as I hate it)
Sony Sound Forge
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby elminster » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:38 am UTC

King Author wrote:Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten.
Sorry =[
I actually hate how people use it too, but I seen it so often that I just naturally started typing it without thinking. Similarly I found myself saying things that I used to say ironically when making fun of them. Although, technically it is a contraction of application as Quercus, so it's not 7th-level-of-hell-kinda bad.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Andries » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:01 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
King Author wrote:Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten.


App is simply a contraction of application, which refers to application software, as opposed to system software such as drivers or a shell. It's arguably more correct (or at least more precise) to call pieces of application software "apps" rather than simply "programs", regardless of platform.


Back in the late 1980s, I remember we called Lotus 1-2-3 an 'app'. In fact, a 'killer app'.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby King Author » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:46 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
King Author wrote:Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten.


App is simply a contraction of application, which refers to application software, as opposed to system software such as drivers or a shell. It's arguably more correct (or at least more precise) to call pieces of application software "apps" rather than simply "programs", regardless of platform.

Technically correct, but temporally irrelevant -- nobody called anything an "app" until the iPhone came along. It's a buzzword, nothing more.

True, the term "killer app" has been around for decades, but the word was limited to that phrase, kinda how we have the phrase "kith and kin" but nobody ever uses the word "kith" anymore outside of that phrase.

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King Author wrote:Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten.
Sorry =[
I actually hate how people use it too, but I seen it so often that I just naturally started typing it without thinking. Similarly I found myself saying things that I used to say ironically when making fun of them. Although, technically it is a contraction of application as Quercus, so it's not 7th-level-of-hell-kinda bad.


Haha, yeah, I was just poking fun. I do the same thing. I used to hate when people used air quotes, now I do it all the time. And I loathe the abbreviation "natch" for naturally, especially when I see it in print, but I find myself saying it far too frequently.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Envelope Generator » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:02 am UTC

Andries wrote:hmmm, ardour. I'd be interested in how it compares for you with e.g. reaper, bitwig?


I for one have no idea. I've just stuck with it since the time it was the only thing available for Linux.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:24 pm UTC

I recently reinstalled, so this is what I grabbed within the first hour.

Notepad++
7Zip
Firefox (DownloadThemAll, Flashblock, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, NoScript) [Why, yes, hardly any webpages ever work when I go to them for the first time.]
Steam
CDisplay
VLC
DOSBox


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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby tms » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:33 pm UTC

MPlayer
Celestia
smtube

And emulators but okay that is 98% game territory.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Yablo » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:28 am UTC

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Damn. Forgot about that one.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:28 am UTC

Ninite is fantastic for this on windows machines.

Not only do you get a single, simple installer for a bunch of common apps, it automatically gets the latest version and deselects all the bloatware checkboxes for you.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Adacore » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:49 pm UTC

Chrome, Internet Explorer (it's still impossible to use a lot of Korean websites without it), MS Office suite, VLC. If it's not a work machine, then also Steam.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Jorpho » Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:50 am UTC

King Author wrote:True, the term "killer app" has been around for decades, but the word was limited to that phrase, kinda how we have the phrase "kith and kin" but nobody ever uses the word "kith" anymore outside of that phrase.
I'm pretty sure Apple was calling things ".app" (analogous to ".exe") since the first versions of OS X, if not earlier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_bundle

Also, yes, Ninite is splendid.

For a fresh install, it looks like AutoPatcher is still in the game if you don't want to wrestle with Windows Update directly.

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Jacque » Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:41 pm UTC

General Productivity:
Mail
Calendar
Bee
Stickies
Safari
Chrome
Firefox

General Design:
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Lightroom

Font Design/Dev:
RoboFont
MetricsMachine
Prepolator

App Design/Dev:
Xcode
Quartz Composer
Form
GitHub
Reflector

Web Dev:
TextMate
Terminal
Transmit

Other:
Processing
Dropbox
TweetDeck
FaceTime
Messages

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Wonderbolt » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:40 pm UTC

roband wrote:Shouts to ninite for making it super easy to install all this default shit in one go.

https://ninite.com/

That... would've been useful to know about much earlier. :|

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby WanderingLinguist » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:20 am UTC

Adacore wrote:Chrome, Internet Explorer (it's still impossible to use a lot of Korean websites without it), MS Office suite, VLC. If it's not a work machine, then also Steam.

I just don't bother with web sites that require Internet Explorer. First of all because I don't use Windows, and second of all because, even if I did, I don't want all that ActiveX junk being installed. The nice thing is, most Korean web sites these days have gotten a lot more non-Windows/IE friendly. All the Korean banks I use have on-line banking that doesn't require IE any more (in fact, I'd venture as far as to say they are probably more secure if you're NOT using IE). The only place I've actually run into trouble recently was with the on-line appointment system for Immigration, so I just asked someone with a Windows box to make the reservation for me.

Back on topic:

  • Chrome
  • Xcode
  • Sublime Text
  • Android Studio
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Cornerstone
  • DartEditor
  • Skype
  • Inkscape
  • ColorSchemer Studio
  • VLC
  • Adobe Edge Animate
  • Doxygen
  • MacTeX
  • Google Docs
  • edit:Audacity

Of course, that's not counting pre-installed programs. I also make extensive use Grapher, Terminal, Automator, (edit: and Python) etc., but they are pre-installed.

Edit: The above is my work computer. At home:

  • Pixelmator
  • Pixen
  • Scrivener
  • Picasa
  • DOSBox
  • Minecraft (it's a toy, not a game!)
  • Numbers, Keynote, Pages (but I'm shifting more and more to Google Docs these days)
  • Chrome
  • Xcode
  • Sublime Text
  • Android Studio
  • Skype
  • Inkscape
  • ColorSchemer Studio
  • VLC
  • Google Docs
  • edit:Audacity
  • edit:Korea Exchange Bank on-line banking app for OS X

(it goes without saying, both are Macs)

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby roband » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:28 pm UTC

Wonderbolt wrote:
roband wrote:Shouts to ninite for making it super easy to install all this default shit in one go.

https://ninite.com/

That... would've been useful to know about much earlier. :|

Consider this "earlier" for next time :)

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby AngrySquirrel » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:21 pm UTC

Windows machine (7/8):

Work:
Notepad++
Wireshark
xampp
Putty
Gimp
VirtualBox
Excel (need one of the official versions for work)

Entertainment:
Skype
Spotify
mIRC
VLC
DosBox
Steam
Hola

Other:
Chrome/Firefox
Teamspeak/Ventrilo/Mumble
OpenOffice
Malwarebytes
MS Security Essentials
7zip
µTorrent
Adblock
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby Wonderbolt » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:14 pm UTC

roband wrote:
Wonderbolt wrote:
roband wrote:Shouts to ninite for making it super easy to install all this default shit in one go.

https://ninite.com/

That... would've been useful to know about much earlier. :|

Consider this "earlier" for next time :)

Definitely, thanks. :D

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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby EMTP » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:48 am UTC

I mostly just use the button for the internet.
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Re: What are your "core" programs?

Postby mathmannix » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:46 pm UTC

Office 2007
Firefox
Skype
EditPad (much better than Notepad)
...
That's it, I think. Used to be WinAmp and AOL instant messenger, but that was a while ago.
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