My Favorite Software for GNU/Linux and Android (work in progress)

I just wanted to post about software I use or keep an eye on, so here it is.

I split this list between software for the GNU/Linux desktop and mobile/Android applications, as well as adding some web applications/websites to the list. This list is mostly for myself for keeping track on projects/software, to know where I should donate money, and to know what applications to install when I just installed a new distribution. Most of the software is open source (some entries might contain binary blobs, like the Linux kernel).

I try not to add software that is part of desktop environments like KDE or Xfce, since that kind of software often comes with the desktop environment and is installed by default. But I do absolutely appreciate applications like Konsole, Okular, Kate, Dolphin, Spectacle, and such. Other applications that I’m not adding to the list are applications that are often shipped with GNU/Linux distributions out of the box, like Bash and Python.

Remember, these are applications/services/products that interest me, so the list doesn’t include things for all use cases, of course.

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Moving Away From Google – Updated

It’s been around a year since my last post about moving away from Google software/services. I was thinking that I could edit my last post about this topic, but a lot of things have happened since the last time I wrote about it, believe it or not. Some projects have been abandoned and some new ones have shown up. I have also tested more solutions and read up on different related topics. I didn’t want to edit the last article to infinity, so I just let it stay as it is for archive and comparison purposes. That said, the structure of the article and a lot of the content will be similar to the last one. So, let’s go!

I don’t like the idea of Google world domination and I don’t want to identify myself to Google too much, for several reasons. Mainly privacy reasons. The good news is that there are good alternatives out there to Google services and software. I’ve been trying to move away from Google, more or less, for quite a while now, and it doesn’t hurt that much to be honest. Let me share some interesting Google alternatives with you that cares about your privacy. I’m aiming for projects that care about your privacy and that’s open source. That’s the goal of the alternatives listed below.

Google, I Quit!

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KDE neon – A Fresh KDE Experience!

Where did Jonathan Riddell go after stepping down from the Kubuntu project? Yes, you guessed it, he started working on KDE neon. KDE neon is not really a new GNU/Linux distribution, but a software repository with KDE software that’s rapidly updated. The base system that this project is built on top of is Ubuntu. But, wait… Do we really need this?

KDE neon

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Moving Away From Google

I don’t like the idea of Google world domination and I don’t want to identify myself to Google too much for several reasons. But are there any good alternatives to Google services and applications? The answer is (for the most part) yes to this question. I’m trying to move away from Google and it doesn’t hurt that much to be honest. Let me share some interesting alternatives with you that cares about your privacy.

Google, I Quit!

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GNOME 3.20 AND Plasma 5.6 is out

GNOME 3.20 and Plasma 5.6 came out this week. The very same week. And they came with a lot of good new features and bug fixes. It would be too much to summarize in a short and tidy post, so I will just post two videos and link to the official release posts accompanied with a few GNU/Linux news website links.

First off, GNOME:

Second off, Plasma 5.6:

Read the official article about the GNOME 3.20 release here and the Plasma 5.6 one here.

And a few more links:

GNOME 3.20 Released, This is What’s New from OMG! Ubuntu!.

11 Neat New Features In GNOME 3.20 from OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.20 Released With Various Refinements And Application Updates from Web Upd8.

KDE Plasma 5.6 Released, This Is What’s New from OMG! Ubuntu!.