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  • ExplorerPatcher

    This project aims to enhance the working environment on Windows

    Add in Explorer Patcher and it's a good experience. (It removes the WIN 11 startmenu button)

  • Open-Shell-Menu

    Classic Shell Reborn.

    You know who else did? Retrobar. Works great with Open-Shell!

  • InfluxDB

    Build time-series-based applications quickly and at scale.. InfluxDB is the Time Series Platform where developers build real-time applications for analytics, IoT and cloud-native services. Easy to start, it is available in the cloud or on-premises.

  • hardened_malloc

    Hardened allocator designed for modern systems. It has integration into Android's Bionic libc and can be used externally with musl and glibc as a dynamic library for use on other Linux-based platforms. It will gain more portability / integration over time.

    I think a pixel running GrapheneOS is the closest thing we have to a sane, user-respecting option right now.

  • lutris

    Lutris desktop client in Python / PyGObject

    If you don't use Steam, then there's a utility called Lutris that can handle installing and configuring a bunch of games for you outside of Steam. My personal experience is that on Pop!_OS (the most dead simple and easy Linux distribution I've found) Steam is the better way to go, as Lutris doesn't always work for me.

  • Pi-hole

    A black hole for Internet advertisements

    For those who like Raspberry PI projects, there is Pie-hole:

  • mintsystem

  • Simple.NFS.GUI

    GUI tool for NFS for Linux. Set a machine as Client/Server in a local network easily with this front-end for NFS.

    This tool might help, though, even this is more complicated than two or three clicks so I get it.

  • Sonar

    Write Clean Python Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 225 unique rules to find Python bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

  • SmartTubeNext

    Ad free app for watching tube videos on Android TV boxes (only android)

  • reactos

    A free Windows-compatible Operating System

    p.s., another candidate is ReactOS’s explorer.exe.

  • PowerToys

    Windows system utilities to maximize productivity

    PowerToys has a feature called PowerToys Run. You press Alt+Space (or whatever shortcut you prefer) and just start typing for the application or file (or equation or unit conversion) you want. Beats built-in start menu "search" by a mile.

  • Microsoft-Activation-Scripts

    A collection of scripts for activating Microsoft products using HWID / KMS38 / Online KMS activation methods with a focus on open-source code, less antivirus detection and user-friendliness.

    Next time, grab the Microsoft Activation Scripts and save yourself the trouble

  • archweb

    Arch Linux website code

  • RetroBar

    Classic Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista taskbar for modern versions of Windows

    You know who else did? Retrobar. Works great with Open-Shell!

  • Rectangle

    Move and resize windows on macOS with keyboard shortcuts and snap areas

  • docker-steam-headless

    A Headless Steam Docker image supporting NVIDIA GPU and accessible via Web UI

    I'm running Steam Headless and living with the drawbacks. I'd rather figure out how to run games on linux than install Windows, even in a VM. I don't need ads and refuse to give Microsoft any money, anymore.


    The official website for the Ubuntu operating system


  • shell

    Pop!_OS Shell

    Here it is:

  • SaaSHub

    SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews. SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives

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