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My Version of Awesome System

List of applications and tools that make my system awesome and lightweight, including both Windows and Linux. More details can be seen on dotfiles repository

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Credits to Thunder

Table of Contents

Applications

Communication

  1. Discord - Username: night.dev
  2. Signal - Better than WhatsApp
  3. Instagram - 99% people use it
  4. WhatsApp - 99% people use it

Browser

  1. Brave - Privacy focused but too much on cryptocurrency
  2. Firefox Hardened - Best
  3. Librewolf - Alternative to Firefox

Brave Extensions

  1. Lotus - My own extension for playing music or showing time at new tab
  2. Allow CORS - For bypassing CORS
  3. Bitwarden - Password manager
  4. Chrome Remote Desktop - remote desktop
  5. Color Picker for Chrome - Picking colors for web development
  6. Disable Content-Security-Policy - For bypassing CSP
  7. Enhancer for YouTube - Improve UX, themes, playback speed
  8. JSON Viewer - Viewing JSON for debugging
  9. LibRedirect - Redirect popular sites to alternative privacy-friendly sites
  10. Surfshark VPN Extension - VPN

Firefox

I use Firefox Hardened, but you can use Librewolf(fork of Firefox). For hardening, I use BetterFox, you can copy the settings from user.js from there.

// Add a line at override settings in BetterFox
// PREF: restore Firefox accounts
user_pref("identity.fxaccounts.enabled", true);
Videos for Firefox
  1. Harden Firefox
  2. Search Engine and sites without trackers
  3. Themes
  4. Coding Themes
Themes

Themes Store

Themes Subreddit

Extensions
  1. Bitwarden - Free Password Manager
  2. ClearURLs
  3. Decentraleyes
  4. Enhancer for YouTube
  5. LibRedirect
  6. Surfshark VPN Extension
  7. uBlock Origin

Games

  1. Steam
  2. F1 22
  3. Asseto Corsa Context Manager

IDEs

  1. Visual Studio Code - Best Code Editor
  2. VS Codium - VS Code without telemetry
  3. Visual Studio - IDE for C/C++/C# and .NET development
  4. IntelliJ IDEA - IDE for Java/Kotlin development
  5. CLion - IDE for C/C++ development
  6. PyCharm - IDE for Python development
  7. WebStorm - IDE for Web development
  8. NeoVim - Vim but asynchronous

VS Code

Extensions
  1. ChatGPT - EasyCode
  2. Discord Rich Presence
  3. Github Copilot
  4. Catppuccin Icons for VSCode
  5. IntelliCode
  6. Live Server
  7. Night Owl
  8. Office Viewer(Mardown Editor)
  9. Prettier - Code formatter
  10. Pretty TypeScript Errors
  11. Python Indent
  12. Tailwind CSS IntelliSense
  13. WakaTime
Themes
  1. Night Owl
  2. Abyss
  3. Sweet Dracula

Visual Studio

Extensions
  1. Wakatime
  2. Github Copilot
Themes
  1. Night Owl
  2. Cyberpunk - Theme

Languages

Disclaimer: I only include languages that requires installing to use

  1. Python
  2. Java
  3. C/C++ - mingw64 tutorial
  4. C#
  5. node.js

Utilities

  1. BleachBit - CCleaner alternative
  2. Postman - API testing
  3. Sideloadly - Sideload apps to iOS
  4. OBS Studio - Screen recording
  5. ShareX - Screenshot with cool effects
  6. Adobe Products - Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.
  7. Figma - Designing
  8. GIMP - Photoshop alternative
  9. git - Version control
  10. Terminal - More customisable shell, you can you kitty or konsole in Linux
  11. winget - Package manager for Windows
  12. Chocolatey - Package manager for Windows
  13. MongoDB Compass - MongoDB GUI
  14. czkawka - Duplicate file finder
  15. Surfshark - VPN
  16. GeForce Experience - Boost Gaming Experience with NVIDIA GPUs
  17. iTunes - Compulsory to Sideloadly
  18. iCloud - Compulsory to Sideloadly
  19. Starship - Customizable shell prompt
  20. Wallpaper Engine - Animated customizable wallpaper app for Windows
  21. Epic Games - To install apps
  22. Unreal Engine - To develop games

Setup

Windows

I recommend to customise your own Windows ISO using NTLite or MSMG Toolkit and refer to this video for more information.

After installing, debloat your system using this script. You might also want to use Sophia Script for more debloating and customisation of your system. (It requires your system to be on latest update which you might have Windows Update disabled based on your ISO file)

My Env Variables: image

Windows Terminal

Article

Themes

Fonts

Font: JetBrainsMono Nerd Font

Theme:

For settings, go here

Linux

Read this article for more information

Distros

  1. Debian - Stable as rock
  2. Arch - Customizable
  3. Ubuntu/Mint - Beginner friendly