Guidebolt

Good Software

2017.11.16

Starter Kit

DuckDuckGo is a secure search engine that doesn’t track you or save/sell your personalized search data.

Protonmail is a secure email provider based in Switzerland.

Libreoffice is a office suite program for creating documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and more. It is cross-platform and has import & export compatibility for Microsoft Office file formats.

Atom is a text editor and integrated development environment. Get this if you ever plan to write or read code.

VLC Media Player is a video and audio player. Watch movies, listen to recordings and soundtracks hassle-free. It has cross-platform compatibility plus wide support for media filetypes and codecs.

Audacity is an audio editor and recording tool. Record your voice or music, manipulate audio clips for your media library, and import-export different filetypes. Great for handling standard audio tasks as an entry point below digital audio workstations (DAWs).

Inkscape is a vector graphics editor. Create or edit logos, line art, infographics, and more.

Draw.io is an in-browser application for making diagrams with emphasis on alignment and node-to-node connections.

GIMP is a raster graphics editor. Produce, resize, crop, rotate, and retouch your photos and other dot-style image files.

Kdenlive is a simple, robust video editor with primary support for Linux. Free and open source. Renders to numerous formats, including WebM, MP4 (AAC/HEVC), and more.

Transmission is a torrenting client that comes recommended by Wikileaks [1] [2]

7-zip is a file compression and archival tool.

Assorted

KiCAD is a free electronic design automation (EDA) program. Open source and sponsored by CERN. Excellent entry point for designing circuit boards toward prototyping and production.

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation program with integrated video editor. Supported by the Blender Foundation.

Open Broadcaster Software is a free and open source program for video recording and live streaming.

Repositories

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of free images, documents, videos, and other multimedia. Here you can upload your files that are intended for public viewing.

Pastebin is a simple, fast repository for text snippets.

Programming

Let's Encrypt - Free TLS certificates. Signed by a respected non-profit certificate authority managed by the Internet Security Research Group [1]

Ubuntu - Popular Linux operating system with massive community and frequent updates. Excellent for new Linux users.

CentOS - Enterprise-grade Linux operating system with slow, stable updates. Excellent for production servers.

Nginx - Fast web server software. Deploy new web applications quickly.

MX Toolbox - Assorted online sysadmin tools

MySQL - Scalable in-drive database.

Apache Cassandra - High-scalability NoSQL Database - Great for storing centralized logs and other NoSQL-appropriate data. Searching can be augmented by tools like Amazon ElasticSearch. - [Netflix 1] [Netflix 2] [DataStax 1]

Redis - In-memory datastore. Excellent for scaling cache-appropriate data away from the database such as with auth tokens. Use as a stateless alternative to session variables.

RabbitMQ - Data-messaging Queue

KeepAlived - High-availability Routing