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  • playbook

  • [2] https://github.com/meetrevision/playbook

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • Open-Shell-Menu

    Classic Shell Reborn.

  • I've been very happy happy with https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu as a Start Menu replacement. If ads have rolled out to my Windows install, I wouldn't even notice.

  • tiny11builder

    Scripts to build a trimmed-down Windows 11 image.

  • Tiny10 and Tiny11 were debloated stand-alone ISO's by a developer who chose some of the most despised default features & apps, and removed them in advance from the install media. Based on media from recent years these are still available, but appear to have been surpassed by the more versatile "Builder" approach where you can do more of a personal selection of extraneous features to retain or eliminate.

    So now it's "Tiny11 Builder" which is like a template script you select your features from, and you have to supply your own Windows ISO which you download from Microsoft:

    https://github.com/ntdevlabs/tiny11builder

    After the process is complete you end up with your own custom Tiny11 ISO, debloated according to the Powershell builder script.

    Using your Tiny11 ISO no differently than the original ISO from Microsoft, you can then clean-install that same debloated version on target PC's instead.

    Once installed, it does have a smaller resource footprint, but this is Windows 11 so it's never going to be exactly "tiny".

    Alternatively, Ameliorated seems to have taken a similar path to Tiny11, also for Windows 10 as well:

    https://ameliorated.io/

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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