Programs I use

Intro

A few people asked me in the last time which tools and programs I use so I decided to put them in a short list.

I often look at lists like “The best …”, “Software you need” or similar posts. Not because I need them, but because I want to get inspired and learn about new / other tools that may become a program I use. This also means that in most cases there is more than one program listed below.

But there is one most important thing if you’re thinking about using a new / other program: The complete configuration shouldn’t take more than what it’s worth. It is without any sense to invest many hours to configure or switch to another program, if it doesn’t bring you an enormous improvement concerning productivity, speed and / or creativity. Remember always that your time is limited and is better invested in something you want to achieve. And also keep in mind to never just copy a configuration file from someone else. Always write it yourself from scratch and evaluate exactly what you need.

Also keep in mind, that is is a list of software I like. I didn’t try all the available alternatives that are out there. If a program is not listed, it doesn’t mean that it’s bad or that I don’t like it.

I will update this list, if something changes, if I have the time.

List

Text Editor / IDE

Graphics and Images

Email client

Web browser

  • Firefox (mostly Developer Edition, if available)

Shell

Distributions

Desktop Environments

  • KDE Plasma (if you miss a application category in this list and there is a KDE app available then I probably use that)

RSS / Atom Feed Reader

Updates

Edit 16. February 2016: Removed a bunch of non-free (free as in libre) software and added a RSS / Atom Feed Reader

Edit 28. March 2016: Software changes

Edit 25. March 2018: Reworked and updated the complete list.

Edit 25. March 2020: Reworked and updated this post again. Can’t believe how old it already is.

Published by

Marcel Kapfer

Composer, Designer and Programmer