Software is like sex: It’s better when it’s free.

Linus Torvalds

With that being said, I do still use the occasional proprietary software, but I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Basics

OS/Distro

I daily drive EndeavourOS logo EndeavourOS. It’s fast, and it’s basically Arch Linux logo Arch on easy mode.

Window Manager

i3wm logo i3wm. I’ve used forever now and absolutely love it.

Web Browser

Firefox logo Firefox with the Betterfox user.js (a mixture of improvements to Firefox’s privacy, security and speed (and some other QoL things)). As per extensions, I use a ton of them, but the most notable ones are:

Text Editor

Neovim logo Neovim or Visual Studio Code logo Visual Studio Code, depending on the project.

Terminal

Alacritty logo Alacritty with Bash logo bash. At some point I might try Zsh logo zsh, but as of now, I don’t need it. I also use Tmux logo tmux to keep terminal sessions and powerline-shell to make my terminal look fancy.


Utilities

File Manager

Thunar logo Thunar or lf (if I want to look fancy). I don’t really need anything too complex, I just have to be able to browse my files effectively.

Video Player

mpv logo mpv. You guessed it! It’s free, open-source, fast, and I mean, it’s mpv.


Productivity

Image Manipulation

GIMP logo GIMP. Once again: It’s free, open-source and has all the features I need.

Video Editing

I haven’t really been editing many videos but when I did, I used VEGAS Pro logo VEGAS Pro (on Windows) and more recently Davinci Resolve logo DaVinci Resolve, which works on Linux.

Audio Editing

Tenacity logo Tenacity because Audacity started to ship with telemetry. It’s free, open-source and has all the features I need.

Office Suite

Libreoffice logo LibreOffice or Microsoft Office logo Microsoft Office (on Windows).


Online Services

Password Manager

Bitwarden logo Bitwarden. It’s free, open-source and, as of now (02/2023), trustworthy enough for me. I have used KeePass and other apps that support KeePass formats, and they’re fine, but I need to access my passwords outside my main devices.

Email

Tutanota logo Tutanota. Not very feature rich, but it’s really cheap, end-to-end encrypted, green and has its clients open-source.

VPS

Hetzner logo Hetzner. It’s where I’m hosting this website, a Minecraft server, and others. They’re cheap, reliable and have a great support team.

Domains

Namecheap logo Namecheap. I’ve been using them for a while now and I’ve never had any issues with them. They’re cheap, reliable and have a great support team.

DNS Management

Cloudflare logo Cloudflare. I’ve been using them for a while now and I’ve never had any issues with them. They’re cheap, reliable and have a great support team.