When you have a new computer installing your programs can be tedious. Having to go to a programs page, download and install it then repeat for everything you want and all at the sametime avoiding all the bloatware that sometimes comes with them – like McAfee. Let’s be honest, we don’t want to bother with that crap at all. Cue Ninite intro.
Ninite was designed to overcome this very problem. Just select the programs you want, hit submit and run the installer. Ninite will install all the latest stable versions of each application and upon being run again will check for updates and install anything that is found. (They even have pro version to patch apps over all of your domains starting at $20 per month for up to 100 machines). Ninite supports Windows mainly but also has several options for Ubuntu (currently marked as in beta).
To make your lives even easier, I have created some basic outlines for you to use based on what kind of set-up you want.
The Web Browser
If all you do is browse the web, this is literally all you will ever need.
Recommended for inexperienced users
- Respective browser
- Avast free antivirus
- MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
- Adobe Read for PDF viewing
- Open Office for other documents like word and powerpoint
The Real PC Users
This is everything the average user will need from cloud storage and image editing to music streaming and torrenting.
- Everything above
- Gimp image editor (a free alternative to photoshop)
- Google Drive & Dropbox
This is for the extreme users, most people will not need all of this, but if you want to know you are never without what you need, this is the one for you.
- Everything above (both browsers)
The Ubuntu User
This option is marked as still being in beta
- Open Office