Finally getting my hands onthe Steam Deck, what softwares are essential?

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  • BoilR

    Synchronize games from other platforms into your Steam library (by PhilipK)

    BoilR - An open source tool for gathering games from other launchers and importing them as non-steam games into your Steam library. Similar to the EmuDeck's Steam ROM manager, this can also be used to gather artwork for your games (though it does require you to get an API key from SteamGridDB to use).

  • LibreOffice

    Read-only LibreOffice core repo - no pull request (use gerrit instead - don't download zip, use instead (by LibreOffice)

    LibreOffice- If you're looking to use this as a PC on the go, LibreOffice is a great Linux alternative to Microsoft office. It can be found on the Discover store.

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • uBlock

    uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

    uBlock Origin - Ad blocker extension for your internet browser.

  • HeroicGamesLauncher

    A Native GOG and Epic Games Launcher for Linux, Windows and Mac.

    Heroic Games Launcher - An Open Source launcher for GOG and Epic games. It can be found on the Discover store. If you have a bunch of free games from the Epic store that you want to play on deck, this is a great way to do so.

  • ProtonUp-Qt

    Install and manage GE-Proton, Luxtorpeda & more for Steam and Wine-GE & more for Lutris with this graphical user interface.

    ProtonUp-Qt - This is used for downloading Proton GE. This can be found on the Discover store. Proton GE is great for getting 'Not Supported' games working, like the Arkham series or Halo MCC.

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    Write Clean JavaScript Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 300 unique rules to find JavaScript bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

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