- Arch Linux
- Great OS, I prefer the rolling-release model and with the new
archinstall script it’s as easy to install as
- KDE Plasma
- Runs well on my hardware, looks good, and has great theming options, this + Arch is the easiest and most
customizable way for me to get up and running.
- Comes with KDE Plasma, I don’t bother changing it since it works well and has good quality-of-life features
like multiple tabs.
- Brave Browser
- I use this as my main browser, it’s fast and has a good adblocker built in. I tend to not overthink what
browser I use as long as it isn’t Chrome or Edge.
📨 Email Stuff
- This script is great for setting up a mail server, you can turn any VPS into an email server, highly recommend
doing this instead of using Gmail, especially if you already have a website.
- Similar to my browser choice I don’t overthink this. It’s a foss email client and I don’t need to bother
hosting a front-end for my email server.
⌨️ IDEs and Editors
- Jetbrains IDEs
- Not foss, but has a lot of helpful tools. Free if you have a university email which is fantastic.
- A little more lightweight than Jetbrains. Not my favorite option, but I have started to enjoy using it more
- I use plain Vim when I’m on a remote server. Otherwise, I use Vim keybindings in VSCodium or Jetbrains
🧑🏻💻 Preferred Languages and Frameworks
- I really enjoy using Go. It’s a recent addition to my skill set. I’ve gotten some practice writing small
scripts like GoPass which is just a simple password generator I use
often. I’m currently working on a sizeable web project with Go that I wrote about here. The
idea that you can write a website, compile it into a single binary, has a built-in HTTP server, and is
extremely performant is very appealing to me. The language and standard library are very well-designed, and
the community is great. I’m very excited to see where it goes in the future.
- Laravel is fantastic for writing web applications. Currently, my job is working on a sizeable business
platform, and it’s very nice for writing features fast. The design philosophy for the framework makes
developing fun. The biggest downside is that it’s not as performant as Go, and you’re stuck writing in PHP. I
like the project structure and ease of use so much though, that
my previously mentioned Go web project is structured similarly to Laravel.
- This website is generated with Hugo! I would advise using Hugo for any website that’s more than a couple of
pages, and doesn’t need any sort of back-end logic. Everyone’s blog, documentation, and purely informational
websites should be generated with Hugo.
- Great alternative to GitHub, written in Go. I’d recommend any developer to give it a shot and move away from
paid proprietary services. Alternatively, there is a large public instance
called Codeberg that you can use.
- A beautiful and intuitive front-end for a music server, written in Laravel and Vue. Think of it like a
self-hosted Spotify. With recent updates, the mobile version of the site runs flawlessly. I wrote a whole
article on how to install Koel on your own server here: Koel Install Guide
- A web server written in Go. It has incredible performance, memory safety, no dependency on libc, automatic
SSL (no more certbot and cron jobs to renew!), and the config files are stupidly simple. This blog’s config in
Caddy is two or three lines. The migration for this site from Nginx to Caddy probably took me ~10min. I plan
on writing a migration guide soon.
Links to other helpful websites
- Luke Smith
- Just a great guy with good technology advice. I’ve learned a lot from his videos.
- Luke Smith
- Luke’s website, has a lot of interesting blog posts and links to his other projects.
- Another Luke Smith project. Great for finding self-hosted software and learning how to easily deploy it.
- Based Cooking
- Just a cooking website generated with Hugo, not bloated with ads or tracking. I use it often.