Software I use

Software, tools, services I use

Operating system

  • Ubuntu latest releases with KDE as desktop in my Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop.

  • Android 13 in my Nokia G42 phone


  • VS Code - Primary IDE for software development.

    • Fira Code as monospace font with programming ligatures enabled.

  • Kate - For quick text editing. KDE's text editor

  • nano - for editing in console. Also Git commit message editor

  • Libreoffice - For all ODT, Presentation, Word documents

Online editors


  • I use Firefox as primary browser.

  • Chrome for my WMF account. Also for its powerful developer tools.



  • Inkscape - for all kind of vector drawing, typeface design

  • Kolorpaint - for quick Image editing

  • Gimp - For image manipulation like resizing , scaling

Typeface design and development

  • Inkscape for design, but now a days I use metapost based design workflow.

  • Fontra and Fontforge for inspecting fonts

  • Trufont for quick corrections like bearing, positioning.

  • VS Code for opentype engineering with VS code AFDKO extension that I wrote. Automation require python programming, shellscripting and Makefile. I use VSCode for all of these.


  • Excalidraw - for illustration concepts, flow charts and so on

  • Kami for PDF annoations, especially for type speciman reviews. Integrates with Google drive


  • Latex, Xetex - primarily for Malayalam typesetting and research papers

  • Gummi - for simple TeX editor with live preview

  • Scribus - rarely. Only for Malayalam support experiments



For newsfeeds and RSS subscriptions, I use a telegram bot It fetches the feeds in regular intervals. Helps me to read in mobile and deskop without any extra application. Adding new feeds is just a matter of pasting the URL to chat. Cons: It is just a linear list of chat messages(I mute it) and don't expect feed categorization and organization as you would expect in a RSS reader application


  • Netflix

  • Amazon Prime

  • Youtube(free account).

  • VLC - Not much these days as I use online services.

Social media and Chat

  • Facebook - I don't use mobile app or login from mobile. In laptop I access it using Firefox Facebook container. Now a days I check facebook in 10 mins or so maximum per day. Often ends up with various Malayalam computing related questions people ask in its chat.

  • Telegram - regularly use for family and friends. Also several foss community channels

  • Whatsapp - Not active in any group, but this is required for people to reach out me quickly including some immediate family members.

  • slack - All my Wikimedia foundation work related communication

Blog and Notes

  • Gitbook spaces for private notes and this knowledge space. My todo list is also with gitbook

Password management

I use pass for password management with GPG encrypted passwords synced with a private gitlab repo. I use its browser extensions too.

Digital wellbeing

I use no-distraction mode in Android always. From 9AM to 5PM, I set focus mode in android - it disables many apps in the phone. At night I use the bedtime mode in Android, which makes the screen black and white, and disables all notification till earliest alarm set.

In desktop I use night time color setting to warm up the screen color at sunset. I use the same setting at phone. Avoiding blue light exposure after sunset improves sleep quality.


I use wireguard VPN

I Use nextdns for DNS in my router

I also use a VPS by Hetzner to host my web applications(that is a referral link worth €20)

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