Essential Software

Updated: I keep a more current list on the wiki.

Now that Mark Pilgrim has switched to [Ubuntu](http://www.ubuntu.com/) he’s updated his essential software list. Here’s mine:

1. [Ubuntu](http://www.ubuntu.com/), Linux for human beings.
2. [Vim](http://www.vim.org/) + [Markdown Vim Mode](http://plasticboy.com/markdown-vim-mode) + [bufexplorer](http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=42) + [svncommand](http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=922), for people who don’t like taking their fingers off of home row.
2. [Nautilus File Manager](http://www.gnome.org/projects/nautilus/). Put Nautilus in spatial, tree-view mode and create some connections to remote servers you access regularly and you won’t know how you lived without it.
3. [Firefox](http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/) + [Adblock](http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fadblock.mozdev.org%2F&ei=UD2hRIHlBZqAwgK7nun4Cg&sig2=pOR8eyXD_Rjbb303-05LsA) + [Firebug](http://www.joehewitt.com/software/firebug/) + [Greasemonkey](http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/) + [Gmail Smart-Delete Button](http://smart-delete-button.blogspot.com/) + [mplayerplug-in](http://mplayerplug-in.sourceforge.net/). I try to keep things simple.
4. [Gmail](http://mail.google.com/mail/). I still haven’t found any other web or desktop mail reader that has one-key archiving plus fast, indexed search, which is the killer Gmail combination.
4. [Google Reader](http://www.google.com/reader). I was using [feeds.reddit.com](http://feeds.reddit.com) but it recently lost the essential feature of hiding read items.
4. [Backpack](http://www.backpackit.com), I’m [still](http://plasticboy.com/archives/2005/05/11/backpack-and-web-only-gtd-the-verdict/) keeping my life in here.
4. [GAIM](http://gaim.sourceforge.net/). GAIM has plugins? Who knew?
5. [gThumb](http://gthumb.sourceforge.net/). Who needs camera software? I use a card reader and organize photos in good old-fashioned folders before uploading them to [Flickr](http://www.flickr.com/).
6. [Rhythmbox](http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/), mostly just for downloading podcasts.
7. [Rhapsody.com](http://www.rhapsody.com/), all-you-can-eat, Linux-compatible, DRM-free (I think) music streaming.
8. [Beagle](http://beagle-project.org/Main_Page), fast, indexed desktop search.
9. [GNUCash](http://freshmeat.net/projects/gnucash/). It’s old and ugly but rock-solid and I have years of data in it.
10. [GNU Screen](http://www.gnu.org/software/screen/). Run console apps detached! Do everything in a single terminal window! Impress your friends and strike fear into the hearts of your enemies!
10. [OpenSSH](http://www.openssh.com/). Kind of goes without saying.
10. [rsync](http://samba.anu.edu.au/rsync/) + scripts based on [Mike Rubel’s](http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/contributed/ben_gardiner) for backups.

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