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 actually looked into this one much.
It has lots of advanced features that I barely understand,
and 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 for me is LaTeX formula support.
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 management and the massive repositories
make Arch Linux unbeatable for working techies' day-to-day computing.
- i3 and Sway:
Lightweight window managers that keep out of your way.
And once you go tiling, you can never go back.
Web browsers suck.
This ones sucks the least, and is developed by Mozilla,
who created the Rust programming language,
and are an Internet-wide voice for privacy and security.
Firefox supports all the necessary modern technologies,
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
some extra goodies like 24-bit colours
and live configuration reloading.
A modernized fork of the venerable Vim text editor.
Password manager for techies.
It's simple, secure, transparent, and extensible.
Flashcard studying software,
with a big library of community-made decks.
Frankly it's not very user-friendly, but it does the job.
Fanstastic plotting software,
and the most underrated open-source tool 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.
- uBlock Origin:
The best adblocker out there. It's free and open-source!
Secure open-source 2FA authenticator app.
Isolates untrusted apps in an Android Work Profile.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure whether it's still being maintained.
Good mobile frontend for Anki.
French domain registrar with the slogan
"No bullshit since 1999". They provide an honest,
high-quality service at a competitive price.
- 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.
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