List of Useful Software

These are some of my favorite operating systems and applications. The main reason for writing this was to create a single place where I can just look and see which apps I might want to install on a freshly installed OS.

Every application or operating system is in its latest version unless it's specified otherwise. Usually it's sorted by my preference, which may differ from anyone else's.

Created
June 29, 2016
Updated
January 2, 2022

Operating System

I don't have only one single favorite operating system. Every OS has its pros and its cons.

Recent and Modern Workstation
Fedora Workstation [GNU/Linux]
macOS [UNIX]
Windows [Windows NT]
Ubuntu [GNU/Linux] (obsolete packages, inconsistent package versions (e.g. GNOME Shell and GNOME apps), not so much stable)
openSUSE Tumbleweed [GNU/Linux] (There are too many apps installed by default, mixed 32/64-bit)
Rock-Solid Workstation
CentOS [GNU/Linux] (some newer changes are backported to existing releases)
openSUSE Leap [GNU/Linux] (default installation is a little bit bloated)
Debian GNU/Linux (the stable branch; only security updates — this may be a huge disadvantage)
FreeBSD [BSD] (no Wayland yet, limited HW support)
Old PC (~2004)
Debian GNU/Linux (with a lightweight window manager)
FreeBSD [BSD]
Windows 2000 Professional [Windows NT] (disconnected from the Internet, faster than Windows XP, no activation required)
Haiku [BeOS-like]
FreeDOS [DOS]
ReactOS [Windows NT-like] (it's not stable yet)
RISC OS (Raspberry Pi)
Archaic PC (~1990's)
MS-DOS [DOS] (latest version is 6.22)
FreeDOS [DOS]
Windows 95 OSR 2.5 [Windows]
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 [Windows]
Server
Debian GNU/Linux
CentOS [GNU/Linux]
FreeBSD [BSD]
Fedora Server [GNU/Linux]
openSUSE Leap [GNU/Linux]
If You Like Having Troubles and Don't Care About Your Data or Security
Linux Mint [GNU/Linux] (it's like Ubuntu with security updates disabled)
OpenIndiana [illumos]
Debian GNU/HURD (missing USB, AUDIO, 64-bit support; crashes)
ReactOS [Windows NT-like]
Windows ME [Windows] :-)

Applications

This is a list of the most useful applications. At least for me. It is sorted by my preference. This list contains mixed free/paid and Linux/Windows apps. Windows apps not available on Linux are marked as [Windows].

Internet Browser
Google Chrome, Chromium
Mozilla Firefox
Safari [macOS]
Microsoft Edge
Opera
Vivaldi
Epiphany
Midori
FTP Download and Upload
FileZilla
BitTorrent Client
Transmission
Hex editors
GHex
Text Editors
Gedit
Visual Studio Code, VSCodium, Code - OSS
Atom
Notepad++ [Windows]
nano
vim
Office Suite
Microsoft Office [Windows] [Paid]
LibreOffice
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors
WPS Office (maybe not maintained anymore)
SoftMaker FreeOffice (modifies icon themes on Linux)
Apache OpenOffice
Bitmap Graphics
GIMP
Krita
Darktable
Pinta
Zoner Photo Studio [Windows] [Paid]
Vector Graphics
Inkscape
LibreOffice Draw
Panorama Stitching
Hugin
3D Graphics
Blender
Audio or Video player
Media Player Classic - Home Cinema [Windows]
mplayer
mpg123
AIMP [Windows]
VLC
Celluloid
Audio Editing
Audacity
Ardour
Audio Converter
GNOME SoundConverter
Audio Tag Editing
EasyTAG
Video Cutting
Blender
PiTiVi
Cinelerra
ShotCut (crashes)
Kdenlive
OpenShot (crashes)
Flowblade
Video Editing
Adobe After Effects [Windows] [Paid]
Blender
Natron
Screen Recording
OBS Studio
Remote Desktop Client
Remmina
Virtual Machine
KVM/QEMU (with virt-manager on Fedora)
VirtualBox
Gnome Boxes
VMware Workstation Player
VMware Fusion Player [macOS]
Disc Burning
ImgBurn [Windows]
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free [Windows]
CDBurnerXP (mixed mode CDs) [Windows]
Brasero
Disc Copying
Exact Audio Copy [Windows]
Archives
7-Zip
p7zip-full
WinRAR [Windows] [Shareware]
Backups
rsync
rclone
borgbackup
HW Diagnostic
hwinfo [DOS]
msd (in MS-DOS)
hwinfo64 [Windows]
CrystalDisk Info [Windows]
CrystalDisk Mark [Windows]
Memtest (DOS)
Memtest86
Memtest86+
lm_sensors
Media Formatting, Surface Testing
SDFormatter (official SD card format tool sdcard.org) [Windows]
MHDD (Disk test, erase, ...)
H2TESTW (flash drive real capacity check) [Windows]
Rufus (Windows bootable USB creation) [Windows]
Website Download
HTTrack [Windows]