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My favorite apps

So, what is my favorite programs in the computer world?

Web browsing: Google Chromium (not to be confused with Google Chrome)

This is a simple browser which gets me where I want fast. I have the possibility to “take my bookmarks” with me to another computer that also have Chromium, if I am logged in to my Google account in the browser. However, since I do not want Google to know everything about me, I have disabled this in my Chromium browsers.

Text editor: Gedit

A simple to use text editor which has many advanced features available to it. Definitively one of my favorite apps in the computer world, since I have web development as one of my hobbies and I diligently use it. It has syntax highlighting for many different languages, such as html, php, C++ and Java to name a few of those.

Gaming: Minetest

A Minecraft-like game where you can dig yourself underground, build streets, buildings, caves and hide from or fight mobs. In the newest nightly builds there are no mobs, so you can build things in a big sandbox-like world but on the other hand, you could stumble on some irritating bugs. You have also the possibility, like in minecraft, to start a server and play in one map with your friends. There are also some mods, maps and other stuff that you can find in their website to add into your minetest game.

Score editing: MuseScore

This is a free, multi-platform software which lets you start writing scores right away. I use this in my education when my teacher would want to have some scores arranged. I have the possibility to save the score in .pdf-format or music xml, which lets score writing programs share scores between them. There is also a website that lets MuseScore users share their sheet music with each-other.

Office software: LibreOffice

A spinn-of from OpenOffice. LibreOffice started to be developed when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and in the fear of that it would discontinue the OpenOffice project or place some restrictions onto it. It fulfills my needs in the case of office software.

All of the presented software products are open source or free software. Both as in freedom and as in free beer.

A review of Minetest

Minetest gameplay in Ubuntu

Minetest gameplay in Ubuntu, shown with the madblocks mod.

Minetest is a game which is in the style of Infiniminer or Minecraft. It is a sandbox game, you can explore the vast land (limited to +-31000 blocks), mine, craft and make fortresses if you want. It is also free/open source software and can be downloaded for free as well.

There are two versions at this time, the stable 0.3 version and the current-in-development 0.4 version. There are some differences in the 0.3 and 0.4 versions, and in my opinion the 0.4 version is more fun to play. There are only two drawbacks in the 0.4 version, and that is:

  • No enemies, but there are three in the stable 0.3 version.
  • Apples (these give you life in minetest, but you do not hunger in minetest) are quite rare compared to 0.3.

However, there has been some major improvements if you compare the stable 0.3 version and the developmental 0.4 version. The improvements include:

  • Sound is added
  • Better graphics
  • Easier to make and include mods

So, if you would like a more Minecraft-like experience with e.g. with redstone or ores, you can download some mods and (in Ubuntu 12.04, and Minetest 0.4) put them in the “/mods/minetest/” folder if it exists. Otherwise you would have to make the folders within your Minetest folder. I know that my friend, which I visited a few days ago was quite thrilled when he saw that the game had developed as much as it had from version 0.3 to 0.4. And he is a (what I would call a die-hard) Minecraft-gamer, so it is probably the best result you can get.

I have had quite fun with this game, and I hope you will enjoy it too.