How I Do My Computing
This page is inspired by Richard Stallman’s page of the same name.
I use a laptop, a ThinkPad X200T computer with Libreboot.
I use a mobile device, a Google Pixel 4a, mostly for the camera and playing music.
On my mobile device, I use Graphene OS.
On my laptop, I use Trisquel GNU/Linux.
I run Syncthing to sync my photos from my mobile device.
I run Jellyfin to stream my media to the Roku TV.
I run Tor to transfer large files over the internet with OnionShare.
I install most of my apps with Flatpak so that they are sandboxed and independent of the operating system, and are up to date.
I do use Flathub. Sadly, it contains proprietary software. But, I steer away from that and only install the free packages on Flathub. I did experiment with making my own Flatpak remote and would like to make a mirror of Flathub that contains only free software and complies with the GNU Free System Distribution Guidelines.
Most of what I do on my computer is email and chatting. I have several apps for that.
- Trisquel’s Pidgin, for XMPP, and SMS via JMP
- Fractal for Matrix
- Trisquel’s Icedove, for my personal mail and business Gmail
- Mumble, for voice chat
- Polari, for IRC
- qTox, for Tox
For web browsing, I use Trisquel’s Abrowser. For running proprietary web apps, I use Firefox installed with Flatpak.
For downloading large files, I use OnionShare and torrent with Trisquel’s Transmission.
For watching videos, I download them with Video Downloader and watch them in Trisquel’s VLC.
Web applications are apps, too. Sadly, most of them are proprietary. I’ve tried doing without them several times, but I keep going back to them. Reddit, not so much, but Discord has amazing language-learning communities for Yiddish and Hebrew that I can find nowhere else.
- Microsoft Outlook, for work
- Paycom, for work
- Online Banking, for Sundays when the bank is closed, since I shouldn’t bank on Shabbat.
Though I try to keep my mobile use down to just music and a camera, I’ve started installing more apps so I can do things away from home. I install most of my apps from F-Droid and a few from Aurora Store.