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Jan
10
2017
Tools I use daily

post inspired from:

https://kushaldas.in/posts/tools-i-use-daily.html
https://www.scrye.com/wordpress/nirik/2017/01/05/tools-i-use-daily/

 

Operating System

I use Archlinux as my primary Operating System. I am currently running Archlinux (since 2009) in all my boxes (laptop/workpc/homepc/odroid-c1). In the data center, I have CentOS on the bare-metal, and CentOS in the VM(s). A windows VM exists for work purposes on my workpc.

 

Desktop

The last few years I am running fluxbox but I used to work on xfce. Thunar (xfce-file browser) is my first and only choice and lilyterm as my terminal emulator. tmux as my multiplexer. I used to run gnu screen for a decade !

I use arand for desktop layout (sharing my screen to external monitor or the TV).

 

Disk / FileSystem

All my disks are encrypted and I use both ext4 and btrfs on my systems. I really like btrfs (subvolumes) and I use the raid-0 and raid-1 but no raid-5 or raid-6 yet. I also have LVM on my laptop as I can not change the ssd easy.

 

Mail

Mostly Thunderbird but I still use mutt when using a terminal or an ssh session.

 

Editor + IDE

Vim 99% of my time.

for short-time notes: mousepad and when feeling to use a GUI, I use geany.

 

Browser

Multiple Instances of firefox, chromium, firefox - Nightly, Tor Browser and vimprobable2. I used to run midori but I’ve dropped it. I also have multiple profiles on firefox !!! I keep private-mode or incognito, all of them via a socks proxy (even Tor-Browser) with remote DNS (when possible).

 

IRC

Nope

but when needed, smuxi or pidgin

 

Blog / Website

flatpress no database, static pages but dynamic framework written in PHP. Some custom code on it but I keep a separated (off-the-web) clone with my custom changes. Recently added Markdown support and some JavaScript for code highlighting etc.

I dont tend to write a lot, but I keep personal notes on drafts (unpublished). I also keep a (wackowiki) wiki as a personal online keeping-notes wiki on my domain.

 

Version Control

Mostly mercurial but also git . I have a personal hg server (via ssh) for my code, files, notes, etc etc

 

Media

VLC only. For media and podcasts and mirage or feh for image display. gimp for image manipulation

 

Misc

Coffee

I wake up, I make my double espresso at home and drink it on commuting to work. The 20min distance gives coffee enough time to wake my brain. When at work, I mostly rant for everything.

and alcohol when needed ;)

 

PS:

My fluxbox menu has less than 15 apps, I’ve put there only my daily-use programs and I try to keep distractions on my desktop as minimum as possible. I keep disable notifications to apps and I mostly work on full screen to minimize input from running apps.

Tag(s): tools