With Apple’s upcoming switch to ARM looming in the horizon, and following a progressive disenchantment towards macOS “Craptalina” and years of positive experiences using Linux, I decided to start compiling a list of apps and tools that I am/will be looking into in case I decide to switch to Linux (or Windows) as my primary desktop OS, starting with cross-platform apps:


Category Date Link Notes
3D Modeling 2020-06 Blender Been using it on and off for ages, finally has a moderately sane UX
OpenSCAD My go-to tool for 3D printing models
Game Development Godot I've started using this instead of Unity, solely because it has a massively smaller footprint on disk and a promising roadmap
Video Editing DaVinci Resolve Highly recommended by a few friends


Most notably missing right now is a decent (i.e., truly simple, rock solid and intuitive) replacement for Mail.app (and no, Thunderbird doesn’t count, although it is the last truly stable IMAP mail client).

Geary looks the part, but can’t cope with over 20 years of e-mail.

Hardware Research

It’s been a few years since I built a PC, so I’m researching chipsets, cases, motherboards and whatnot. And right now the smart money seems to be on Ryzen chipsets.

Although I would idealy like to build a completely fanless machine and stick to a 65W TDP, the goal is to stick with something that I can use to run Linux, Windows VMs, and maybe, just maybe, other operating systems. And that may well mean getting a Radeon GPU…

Category Date Link Released Notes Price
CPUs 2020-06 Intel Core i5-10600 2020 6 cores/12 threads, 65W TDP. LGA1200 socket. UHD 630 graphics. 254.90€
Ryzen 7 3700X 2019 8 cores/16 threads, 65W TDP. Comes with huge stock cooler. 313.00€
AMD Ryzen 3950X 16 cores/32 threads, 105W TDP. AM4 Socket. Somewhat overkill. 814.90€
Cases Streacom DB4 My favorite, by far. Designed for 65W TDP (slightly expandable in that regard through extra heatpipes).
Define R6 2017 Huge, about half an elephant big. Said to be quiet.
NZXT H1 2020 Heavily marketed. Not that quiet. Is compact and neat, though, and includes a 140mm AIO cooler. Riser is only rated for PCIe Gen3, not 4, and may require BIOS tweaking. $349.99
Coolers Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Got one of these already (for Intel). Great stuff. 41.10€
GPUs SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 570 4GB Pulse MINI 2017 Has the advantage of being supported by macOS 175.89€
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER MINI 2019 Has the downside of being an NVIDIA
Monitors LG 49WL95C-W 49" 5120x1440 pixels with dual HDMI. White, unfortunately. 1281.09€
DELL U4919DW 49" 5120x1440 pixels. Can supply 60W USB-C charging, has a bunch of ports. 1223.09€
Motherboards ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX AM4 socket for Ryzen 2000/3000 Series, Gigabit, Intel 802.11ac (replaceable with Broadcom combo Wi-Fi/BT), 1xM.2 156.24€
X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX 2019 AM4 socket for Ryzen 2000/3000 Series, Gigabit, 802.11ax, BT 5.0, 1xPCIe 4.0, DDR4 4533 RAM, Realtek Audio, 1xM.2, 1xThunderbolt port