I play hard and rough with my home computer, so about twice a year I need to reinstall my documents and software. I did this last week and decided to keep my system a bit leaner than usual.
This is half a note-to-self and half note-to-others. In addition to the default Ubuntu Linux 7.10 ("Gutsy Gibbon") software -- which includes the OpenOffice.org, the GIMP image program and a bunch of games, I added
- Liferea (feed reader)
- Inkscape (vector graphics)
- gFTP (file transfer)
- Google Earth (mapping) *
- Bluefish (code editor)
- Miro (video player)
- msttcorefonts (Microsoft font installer)
- Acrobat Reader (PDF reader) *
I also added the Google Notebook and Firebug (code manipulation) plugins to Firefox.
A big change: I am not using an email client -- perhaps for the first time. All my email is routed through my Gmail account now. I also don't bother with the "prettified" Compiz windows manager. Metacity, the default windows manager, is really good.
Now lightened, my computer runs much better. That's all.