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What are the first things you install on a new computer?

Or phone, or after an OS reinstall, etc. Just got to thinking about it because I did a fresh install of Arch on my chromebook the other day, and I'd be curious what other people's priority software installs are. For me, after the basics like drivers, it's xfce, Firefox, Transmission, Libreoffice, and VLC on linux. Pretty much the same on Windows, plus a few utilities like 7zip, PuTTY, and notepad++. For Android installs I grab nova launcher, Hangouts Dialer, F-Droid, NewPipe and MoonReader before anything else.

EDIT: Forgot firefox on android, as well as ublock origin on all platforms.

Also not completely sure if this belongs more in ~tech or ~comp.

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  1. balooga
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    When I do this it’s usually a Mac. Some of my essentials on that platform are 1Password, Firefox + uBlock Origin, Homebrew, iTerm, BetterTouchTool, BBEdit, Transmit, and Sequel Pro.

    When I do this it’s usually a Mac. Some of my essentials on that platform are 1Password, Firefox + uBlock Origin, Homebrew, iTerm, BetterTouchTool, BBEdit, Transmit, and Sequel Pro.

    4 votes
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    Celeo
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    Any needed drivers, then Keepass and a pre-downloaded Nanite installer to get most software in. Then VirtualBox and copy over my dev VM from external backup, then some more things I'm forgetting,...

    Any needed drivers, then Keepass and a pre-downloaded Nanite installer to get most software in. Then VirtualBox and copy over my dev VM from external backup, then some more things I'm forgetting, and then Steam/BNet/GOG/etc.

    4 votes
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      hungariantoast
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      If you haven't yet, you should check out Chocolatey for easily keeping Windows software updated. For everything I can't use Ninite for I use Chocolatey. Just about anything I use on Windows is...

      If you haven't yet, you should check out Chocolatey for easily keeping Windows software updated.

      For everything I can't use Ninite for I use Chocolatey. Just about anything I use on Windows is covered between those two, or has the ability to update itself. It also makes setting up family machines a breeze.

      1 vote
      1. Celeo
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        Oh, interesting! I love having the package managers in Unix systems; having something similar in Windows would be handy.

        Oh, interesting! I love having the package managers in Unix systems; having something similar in Windows would be handy.

        1 vote
  3. Pugilistic
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    I haven't had to do this much but setting up basic security measures like encrypting the hard drive, making or importing password manager, downloading VPN launcher, as well as setting up DNS crypt...

    I haven't had to do this much but setting up basic security measures like encrypting the hard drive, making or importing password manager, downloading VPN launcher, as well as setting up DNS crypt and adblockers all take priority.

    3 votes
  4. m0rtadello
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    Well most softwares comes with the distro I use (Fedora), but I do add VS Code, Discord, Steam, Calibre, Spotify and of course my GPU drivers. On my phone, I install Reddit, Discord, Firefox,...

    Well most softwares comes with the distro I use (Fedora), but I do add VS Code, Discord, Steam, Calibre, Spotify and of course my GPU drivers. On my phone, I install Reddit, Discord, Firefox, Google Pay, my financial institution app, Transit and a regional newspaper app.

    2 votes
  5. alexandre9099
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    I already have my system with too much bloat, i need to reinstall, anyway, plasma/kde, firefox, hexchat+otr, steam, lutris, libreoffice and some other stuff i installed as i needed For android,...

    I already have my system with too much bloat, i need to reinstall, anyway, plasma/kde, firefox, hexchat+otr, steam, lutris, libreoffice and some other stuff i installed as i needed

    For android, firefox, f-droid, newpipe, aurora store, orbot, slide (for reddit)

    2 votes
  6. mat
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    For my main machine under Debian: vim, wajig, redshift, dropbox, tilda, htop, showfoto, calibre, signal-desktop, chrome, kdenlive, slic3r, freecad, darktable then everything else as and when I...

    For my main machine under Debian: vim, wajig, redshift, dropbox, tilda, htop, showfoto, calibre, signal-desktop, chrome, kdenlive, slic3r, freecad, darktable then everything else as and when I remember I want to use it.

    Under Windows I really can't remember. I know there's some assortment of stuff I need to make Traktor work right with my MIDI mixer but I boot Windows so rarely and reinstall it even less, I'd probably just install Chrome and google how to make Traktor work. Then install Traktor because that's the only reason I have windows at all any more.

    On my phone: Strava, Mio GO, Kore (Kodi remote), Slide (reddit client), Podcast Addict, BBC iPlayer Radio, Neato, Instagram, Signal, Sell on Etsy.

    2 votes
  7. Krael
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    Keepassxc, weechat-curses, tmux, and fish (don't judge me)

    Keepassxc, weechat-curses, tmux, and fish (don't judge me)

    1 vote
  8. nonesuchluck
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    Homebrew, VS Code, DBeaver, Telegram.

    Homebrew, VS Code, DBeaver, Telegram.

    1 vote
  9. what
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    Linux: Firefox (Developer Edition), Neovim with my config, i3wm, KeePassXC, Spotify, pavucontrol Android: F-Droid, Firefox (Fennec on F-Droid), Firefox Focus (Klar on F-Droid), NewPipe, Relay for...

    Linux: Firefox (Developer Edition), Neovim with my config, i3wm, KeePassXC, Spotify, pavucontrol

    Android: F-Droid, Firefox (Fennec on F-Droid), Firefox Focus (Klar on F-Droid), NewPipe, Relay for Reddit, Spotify, Neutron music player, Android Download manager (ADM), Amaze file explorer, andOTP (2FA), AntennaPod (podcasts), Fasthub (Github client, Fasthub-libre on F-Droid), K-9 Mail, KeePassDroid, Keyboard 69 (Nintype), Netflix, One Calculator, Padland (Etherpad client), Pocket, Riot.im, Rotation Control (much better control over rotation), Serial Reader, Silence (encrypted over plain SMS, no Internet required), Strafe (esports tracker, mainly CSGO), Snapseed (photo editor), Syncthing, Twidere (amazing open-source Twitter client), Twilight (blue light filter & screen dimmer), Twitch (still looking for a good replacement for the official app), VLC, Waze, Anyme (anime app that integrates really well with MAL and lets you watch in or download directly the app), AIMP (very lightweight music player), Genius, MuPDF, LingoDeer (learning Japanese), uMath+ (math notebook). Most of these are open-source and on F-Droid.

    1 vote
  10. meghan
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    Firefox/Chrome, ublock origin, notepad++, 7zip, vlc, (open/libre)office

    Firefox/Chrome, ublock origin, notepad++, 7zip, vlc, (open/libre)office

  11. unknown user
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    Here is my list of packages. That tree has some scripts that I use for installation (well actually I've just moved to Arch from Debian and those scripts haven't been tested and refined yet). The...

    Here is my list of packages. That tree has some scripts that I use for installation (well actually I've just moved to Arch from Debian and those scripts haven't been tested and refined yet). The repo is almost the entirety of my configuration.

    After running my post-installation setup scripts, the first thing I do is to compile Emacs and emacs pdf-tools. I run weekly builds of the Emacs master branch. Under the bin/ directory of the linked repo there's a script for building Emacs. That's the most important thing and kinda what all the setup serves.

  12. piedpiper
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    Firefox, Inkscape, GIMP, Sublime Text, Filezilla, qBitorrent, Telegram, the LAMP stack. Though Firefox comes installed on my goto OS (Ubuntu).

    Firefox, Inkscape, GIMP, Sublime Text, Filezilla, qBitorrent, Telegram, the LAMP stack.

    Though Firefox comes installed on my goto OS (Ubuntu).

  13. mjb
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    For Debian my essential packages include (in no particular order): dselect, aptitude, sudo, vim, renameutils, htop, slay, git, etckeeper, chase, rsync, ssh, molly-guard, fail2ban, shorewall,...

    For Debian my essential packages include (in no particular order): dselect, aptitude, sudo, vim, renameutils, htop, slay, git, etckeeper, chase, rsync, ssh, molly-guard, fail2ban, shorewall, mtr-tiny, tor, privoxy, unbound, ntp, ntpdate, p7zip, backupninja, rdiff-backup, rdiff-backup-fs, sshfs, meld, rpl, secure-delete, usbguard, mpd, xfce, firefox (w/ addons: privacy badger, ublock origin, tranquility reader, shorten me, stylus), vlc, filezilla, libreoffice, gimp, keepassxc, gtk-redshift, qalculator, gpick, gcolor2, pandoc, retext.