Software I Use

This is a list of the software I use, be it on this site or elsewhere.

It’s intended as a reference for anyone to use. Some of the products contain a small snippet on my personal opinion on each of the products. To be taken with a pinch of salt, and I will try to keep it continuously updated.

Operating Systems

  • Desktop / Workstation
    • Windows 10 just works and comes free with a lot, if not almost every PC nowadays. It has come a long way and now it’s a modern and useful operating system. It does, however phone home quite a lot, they say. I don’t mind, but YMMV.
    • Apple OS X is also fine. It runs a BSD-Style Mach kernel so it’s basically UNIX with some Apple-specific extensions and quite a good GUI.
  • Servers
    • Unix/Gnu-Linux is the system of choice, at it’s free (most of the times), stable, versatile and does not need a GUI for administration, a text console is all you need. I use several flavours
      • CentOS is the free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is a rock-solid, stable and well supported OS, however it has one drawback, many packages are quite old (of course, if you don’t need bleeding-edge features, you’ll do fine), so other Linux Flavours may be a better option, as for instance…
      • Ubuntu is based on Debian the real free (as in free beer or speech) variant of Gnu-Linux. It has the freshest and latest packages and an endless choice of software to install straight from the package manager. When going with Ubunti, I recommend the versions that have ‘LTS’ behind the version number, as these get greatly extended support, at least for security relevant packages. Also, most packages made for Debian will work on Ubuntu, and viceversa.
    • Sometimes one needs to use Windows Server whether you like it or not, either because the software you are using is not available for Linux, or other requirements. It also gets better and better with time, and if you keep it off the internet and secure it appropriately, it’s also a great OS.


  • ATOM is the editor from the NodeJS guys. It’s competely free, extensible with a ton of community-managed packages (plugins), integrates well with git and other CVSs and is really, really easy to customize to your liking.
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Just another DevOps Engineer. Because international IT Mystery man isn´t a job description
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