Computer Use

Your Needs

Thinking about a clean install of the OS on my box and before proceeding, I reflected on what my day-to-day needs were. You know, actual usage as opposed to tons of installed apps and software packages you never use.

If you're going for a minimal install, best to list your requirements.

Here's a list what I use:

Daily Usage

  1. Web browsing -- chrome / firefox
  2. Text editing -- emacs
  3. Email -- chrome / gmail
  4. Terminal -- XTerm / Fortune
  5. Image viewer -- gpicview / gthumb
  6. Movie viewing -- mplayer

Weekly Usage

  7. Content download -- wget
  8. Graphics Editor -- Gimp
  9. Screen capture -- Take Screenshot
10. Pdf viewer -- Evince

Monthly Usage (or less)

11. Music Playback -- Rhythmbox
12. Audio Editor -- Audacity
13. Video Editor -- Open Movie Editor
14. Music Playback -- Rhythmbox
15. Screen ruler -- Screenruler
16. Color Select -- gcolor2
17. Burn CD/DVD -- Brasero / K3B
18. Ripper -- DVD::Rip
19. Word Processor -- OO Write ???

Other

Coding - Emacs
Compiling - gcc
Scripting - Emacs

Can't think of much else. Its pretty much well the lot.