The Software I Use
I try to stay as far away from proprietary applications as I possibly can. I typically use terminal-based applications over GUI ones as I find them more efficient once I’ve learned how to use them. Many also support vim-like keybindings which are burned into my muscle memory now.
View my dotfiles (mirror).
My operating system of choice is Artix GNU/Linux for the two main reasons that it has excellent software availability and doesn’t run systemd.
Desktop Environment/Window Manager
I use a tiling window manager and have essentially built my own desktop environment from the ground up by gluing together different components à la the Unix philosophy. I don’t use a display manager; the environment is started with
- dwm as my tiling window manager,
- slstatus as my status bar,
- dmenu as my application launcher,
- dunst as my notification daemon,
- feh to set my desktop background,
- and betterlockscreen as my lock screen.
I use the iceberg colourscheme and try to make the rest of my desktop environment follow that colourscheme.
I am partial to the DejaVu font family. I use them pretty much everywhere.
I use st (aka Simple Terminal). I actually really like the model of patching a minimal piece of software with the features that I need and I enjoy its simplicity and speed.
I don’t use one. I find the tools available on the command line (
rm, etc) allow me to accomplish what I need to do faster than a dedicated file manager.
I use Neovim. I am very comfortable with the keybindings and modal nature of vim and vim-like editors. I use a select few plugins and a colour scheme but try to keep things as minimal as possible.
I use qutebrowser now after Firefox became more of an annoyance than it was worth. I also use lynx for browsing on the command line.
I use aerc. It’s light, fast, and lets me efficiently manage my mail. When I need to go offline, I synchronize my mail with mbsync.
I use weechat as my client. It’s customizable, powerful, and yet simple with sane defaults.
I use Element for Matrix-based communication.
I use KeepassXC. I chose it for being really simple to manage compared to something like BitWarden and because I really like the user interface.
I use cmus for its simplicity and ease-of-use. It does everything I need from a music player.
mpv is my video player of choice. It’s light, simple, and versatile. It also integrates with youtube-dl so I can watch YouTube videos or Twitch streams without opening my web browser.
RSS Feed Reader
Newsboat because it’s simple, easy, terminal-based, and I can program a bunch of macros to open up whichever feed in whichever application I want (e.g. open a Youtube feed in MPV).
I will typically write documents in either markdown or LaTeX. For instances where I need to interact with
.docx files and whatnot, I use Libreoffice.
I prefer using sent because I like the style of presentation that the tool produces. If I ever need anything more complex I opt for Beamer.
I use pen and paper for this. For whatever reason, I find it cumbersome to use electronic organizers/calendars for keeping track of my life and I much prefer having something physical to store this information. If you’re curious, I use a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook and a Burgundy/Gold Parker 51 with Waterman Inspired Blue ink.
sxiv since it handles all the image types I need it to and has nice keybindings.
Zathura for its excellent keybindings, nearly instant launching compared to something like Evince, and for being a very nice minimalist piece of software.