My Linux Setup
This is the software I use on my Eee PC 701, which has a 900Hhz Intel Celeron M processor underclocked to 630Mhz, 500MB of RAM and a 4GB internal SSD, plus a 16GB SDHC card that lives permanently in its card reader.
The last time I did this was with an Ubuntu 9.0.4 CD, and have
do-release-upgrade'd from there to 10.10 Alpha 1 without a hitch; a cron job runs
apt-get update && apt-get -y dist-upgrade every night to keep me up to date.
NB: the Eee PC is perfectly capable of running a full-blown Ubuntu installation, even with all the Compiz eye-candy turned up to 11; I just don't need a DE.
- dwm, for managing windows.
- dmenu, for launching applications
- urxvt, which I run in client/server mode.
- zsh, mostly for its tab completion and typo correction.
- dvtm, for tiling 'windows' at the console
- tmux, for detachable sessions (I find it much easier to use than screen).
- dtach, for detaching single processes.
- wicd and wicd-curses for wifi networking.
- coreutils, for managing files, moving around, &c..
- autojump, for super-fast `cd`ing.
- locate, for finding things.
- sshfs, for mounting remote directories
- ncdu, for hunting down big files.
- htop, for viewing processes.
- pgrep and pkill, for managing processes by name
- rsync, for backups and uploading local versions of my websites to servers.
- tar, zip, unzip and unrar for making/extracting archives.
- PCManFM, for managing files when i'm not at the console.
- tabbed, to provide tabs for sandy, surf and urxvt.
- git, for keeping my stuff under version control.
- mercurial, mostly for getting up-to-date versions of, and applying my patches to, software.
- pm-utils, for suspending, power management.
- slock, for locking the screen.
- Dropbox, for synching files with my Mac, controlled with dropbox.py.
- Inconsolata and msttcorefonts, to make my terminal and the web look pretty, respectively.
- ubuntu-restricted-extras, for LAME, gstreamer, Flash, &c..
- Conky, for
- vim, for writing and—especially—editing text.
- nano, for quick edits.
- Sandy, for writing text when i'm not in a vim mood.
- apvlv, for reading pdfs.
- poppler-utils, for converting pdfs to text.
- antiword, for converting word docs to text.
- less, for reading text files.
- Markdown, for turning legible text into html.
Electronic Mail & IRC
- mutt, for reading/moving/saving/deleting email.
- vim (again), for writing email.
- msmtp, for sending email.
- offlineimap, for synchronising local email with gmail .
- mairix, for searching local email.
- goobook, for Gmail contacts integration.
- ii with the autojoin patch, for IRC (used rarely)
- srw and pcw, to make ii easier to use.
- surf, for browsing the web (lightly modified to include features like bookmarks and link hinting).
- w3m, for browsing the web and reading html local documents.
- newsbeuter, for reading feeds (it's slow to synchronise with Google Reader, but the 'save item as text' feature makes up for it).
- jekyll and jekyll_ext, to power my personal weblog.
- cclive, for downloading videos.
- transmission-cli, for downloading torrents (I prefer rtorrent, but it doesn't do UPnP).
- axel, for downloading everything else.
Sound & Vision
- feh, for looking at photographs and setting a background image.
- scrot, for screenshots.
- imagemagick, for manipulating images.
- mplayer, to play videos (and music, sometimes).
- cplay, to play music and podcasts.
Copying & Pasting 2
- xcutsel, to keep the cut buffer and primary selection in sync.
- xclip, a cli interface to the x selection (useful for pasting into vim).
- Clipman, to store a clipboard history.
- xfce-clipman-popup, to select items from that clipboard history.
Software that doesn't seem to exist
Except the software in italics, which I build myself. This can be tiresome, but in some cases I have to configure an application by editing its source code, and in others the version in the Ubuntu repos is packaged in a way I don't like (and sometimes I just like having the very latest version). ↩
- 01/07/10: added IRC setup.
- 04/07/10: added goobook.
- 07/07/10: added autojump