I find it handy to have lists of software I commonly install and remove, both on my own computers and on boxes I work on. Having this list handy saves me time in setting up new installations and in preparing to work on others’ boxes.
I present it here as an example of such a list, not because its particular contents would be useful to anyone else. Software usually installed by default is not included here.
WHAT I COMMONLY INSTALL ON BOXES I WORK ON
- baobab (which on some systems is bundled in gnome-utils)
- The hardware monitoring tools hardinfo, hddtemp, lm_sensors, smartmontools, and gsmartcontrol
WHAT I COMMONLY INSTALL ON MY OWN BOXES
Perhaps things on the previous list, plus:
- Flash, although lately I’ve been trying to do without
- Gimp and the export layers to single multiple page PDF plugin
- Proprietary codecs
- Quod Libet
- Xfce panel plugins: xfce4-panel-plugin-mailwatch, xfce4-panel-plugins-netload, xfce4-panel-plugin-sensors, xfce4-panel-plugin-systemload, xfce4-panel-plugin-timeout, xfce4-panel-plugin-weather, xfce4-panel-plugin-whiskermenu
WHAT I KEEP ON LIVE MEDIA (e.g. live CD, bootable USB)
WHAT I OFTEN REMOVE
- Anything with “game” in the name or description
- pidgin, libpurple
- Unneeded packages with “i18n”, “l10n”, “locale”, “-lang”, or “spell” in their names
- If the hardware doesn’t support Bluetooth, then bluez, bluez-cups, bluez-firmware, libgnome-bluetooth7
- Support for other hardware I don’t have (e.g. HSF modems)
This article was last reviewed on 1 November 2017 with reference to openSUSE 42.3 and Xfce 4.