Doesn't Not Compute

My log of experiences with GNU/Linux and computers in general.

Software

I experiment with different software when I get the chance, so this list may change. In general, software has to be light, responsive, and somewhat user-friendly (user being me, of course.)

Web Browsers

Let’s get the big category out-of-the-way first, shall we? 😉 In my case, everything I do on computers ends up involving the internet at some point — whether to look up instructions, listen to some music, or just for some light amusement. Thus, a web browser doesn’t necessarily need to be “full-featured”, but it does need to render the page recognizably. Also, I prefer a fast, light browser, so the not being “full-featured” is sometimes a Good Thing.

Firefox/Iceweasel/Icecat/etc.:

The latest version I’ve used (3.6.3, at the time of this writing) is quite fast, even only compiled for i686 processors. But on my netbook, it takes far too long to load. I have to use the Default theme, disable Stylish (a CSS userstyles manager), and just about everything else short of Ad Block+ and Compact Menu 2, just to get it to load in less than 10 seconds on my netbook.

“10 seconds — get a life, that’s NOT a bad load time!!!” Eh, true. But when that is when Firefox has been open just a moment before, is only loading Scroogle.org, and both Kazehakase and Midori start and load it in only two seconds — it’s a little annoying.

Also, both the name and icon of Firefox are trademarked, and Mozilla offers plugins that are not free software. If this doesn’t bother you, it’s not an issue. I don’t really care, since the browser itself is FOSS (Free Open-Source Software). If you’re annoyed by it, look up Icecat and Iceweasel.

The main reason I like Firefox, Iceweasel, and Icecat is that they have userscript and CSS managers available, so I don’t have to manually move files around to enable and disable additional features. As far as I’m aware, no one has written programs to manage this in Kazehakase, and Midori still requires you to manually add and remove the files in the filesystem.

Kazehakase 0.5.8

Yeah, it’s still alive. It’s been called “Firefox’s redheaded stepchild”, and I thought it had died after May 2008, but it’s alive.

Kazehakase uses the Gecko engine by default — same as Firefox — but can be set up to use WebkitGTK+ like Midori. My personal experience is that Kazehakase-webkit is less stable, even more so than the latest Midori releases, but YMMV.

The Gecko engine takes every tweak that Firefox’s does, so far as I have tried, so you can do all the crazy tweaks you want. 😉 It doesn’t take Firefox’s plugins, however — but do you really want a million add-ons and themes running on top of your browser, slowing things down? If you want themes, use the GTK+ themes that apply to every GTK+-based program.

Midori 0.2.4

A speedy WebkitGTK+ browser. It is currently one of my personal favorite of those listed here. It’s userscript support is “mostly” compatible with GreaseMonkey, meaning that you can take scripts from Userscript.org and install them to ~/.local/share/midori/scripts/ and generally expect them to work – unless they rely on browser-specific features. It’s also supposed to support CSS userstyles and have it’s own ad-blocking capabilities, but I haven’t tested this very much yet.

Netbook users will like this browser a lot, as it doesn’t use a lot of resources or screen space. (Tip: in the preferences, go to the “Interfaces” tab and set the Toolbar Style to “Text beside icons” or “Icons” to gain even more space.

Editors

  • Leafpad

What does it do? It edits text. And? Well, it prints, if you have the printer set up.

Alright, it’s basically the equivalent of Notepad, with only a couple added features. It has word-wrapping support – so when you get to the edge of the window while typing, the cursor will automatically go to the beginning of the next line. And you can turn on line numbering and change the font, too, if . Doesn’t use many resources, nor does it have a lot of dependencies. GTK+ GUI, too.

  • Nano

There’s really not much to say about this. It edits text, and can be used in a TTY or in a terminal under Xorg. It’s a dream through a SSH tunnel, too. 😉 It’s text-only, but it lists the major keyboard shortcuts. It’s installed by default in every GNU/Linux distro I’ve tried, so it’s safe to say that you can count on having it, no matter want variant you prefer. 🙂

You probably know that, though, if you’ve fiddled with GNU/Linux at all. :mrgreen:

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