Things I use
- Alpine Linux:
Minimalist distribution powered by
BusyBox and musl.
It has a large-enough selection of both cutting-edge
and stable packages to be practical.
Fast, secure and popular HTTP server,
and a breeze to set up.
Email SMTP server by the venerable OpenBSD project,
and the only one of its kind that nails the setup experience.
One of the, if not the most popular email IMAP server.
And for good reason: it’s fast, secure, and a pleasure to set up.
Spam filter for email.
To be honest, I haven’t looked into this one much.
It has lots of advanced features that I barely understand,
but still seems to be the most modern and usable spam filter out there.
Straightforward static site generator written in Rust.
The only thing it’s missing is some kind of LaTeX formula support,
which is why I migrated to Hugo.
Another good static site generator, although not as good as Zola in my opinion.
perfect for private setups.
If you need something more advanced like user accounts,
Gitea is a good choice too.
Straightforward tool to manage TLS certificates
issued by Let’s Encrypt.
- Arch Linux:
The distribution that, for me, delivers the best cost-benefit ratio.
I’m not a big fan of systemd
but the fantastic package manager and the huge repositories
make Arch Linux unbeatable for working techies' day-to-day computing.
- i3 and Sway:
Lightweight window managers.
Once you go tiling, you can never go back.
Web browsers suck.
This ones sucks the least, and is developed by Mozilla,
who still seem to care about privacy and security, and
who created the Rust language.
Firefox has all the necessary modern features,
and provides an excellent curated set of add-ons.
Email clients suck, just like email itself.
This one just sucks less, since it’s also made by Mozilla.
Simple, lightning-fast terminal emulator with
extra goodies like 24-bit colours
and live configuration reloading.
Password manager for techies.
It’s simple, secure, transparent, and extensible.
Real-time audio effects on Linux.
I use it to tweak my headphones' response according to the awesome
AutoEQ project’s data.
Flashcard studying software,
with a big library of community-made decks.
Frankly it’s not very user-friendly, but it does the job.
Fantastic plotting software,
and one of the most underrated open-source tools that I know of.
It gives beautiful plots, can handle huge data files, and,
because its files are just plain Python,
you can automatically generate plots with a bit of scripting.
Open-source chip layout editor, with advanced scripting functionality.
I would’ve liked some more keyboard shortcuts by default,
but at least I can make my own.
- uBlock Origin:
The best adblocker out there. It’s free and open-source!
- HTTPS Everywhere:
In today’s world, this should be included in all browsers.
The fact that it’s rule-based is unfortunate, but hey, it works.
In an ideal world, browsers would include this
to improve privacy and speed up page loading.
A modernized fork of the venerable Vim text editor.
Good command-line backup program.
You’ll need to provide your own storage.
Had enough of vendor-specific crap in Android?
This open-source distribution has good hardware support
and enough momentum to be the de facto standard version
of Android for tinkerers.
Takes the Google out of Android
by reimplementing proprietary libraries.
It works very well; the only problem I’ve experienced is
that push notifications take longer to arrive than usual.
Installation is tricky, but they offer
a custom LineageOS to make it easy.
Effective system-wide adblocker
that should work for all your apps.
Secure open-source 2FA authenticator app.
Isolates untrusted apps in an Android Work Profile.
Good mobile frontend for Anki.
European domain registrar with the motto
“No bullshit since 1999”. They provide an honest,
high-quality service at a competitive price.
This statement is not sponsored.
- Let’s Encrypt:
Provides free TLS encryption certificates
to anybody who asks politely, thereby making
online security more accessible for small sites like this one.