Unlike Windows and other similar operating system, Linux is Free, Open, and Fantastic. For Linux users, finding new software can be a breeze. And that’s not all. The Linux desktop delivers powerful, highly usable and great application for just about anything you need to do. Since all these programs are free, you don’t have to worry about a cost barrier. And you can dodge all that installer crapware that you get on Microsoft windows.
But which Linux programs are a cut above the rest? This article provides the answers. The list of programs that we have featured here are excellent for any average Linux user looking to leverage the best.
Most Linux distributions come packed with Mozilla Firefox as the default browser, but Chromium can be an excellent replacement. Chromium is the open-source version of Google Chrome on Linux, containing nearly any other feature that you’ll find on Chrome. You can even sync with your Google account. If you spend a lot of time on the internet, Chromium delivers a responsive multi-process construct that runs each tab separately. Although Firefox is good and has recorded a lot of improvements over the years, Chrome comes across the board as the better browser.
LibreOffice was designed by the OpenOffice.org project. There’s a pretty good chance that your distribution of Linux already comes with this essential piece of software. LibreOffice delivers powerful a comprehensive office suite that will get all your office tasks going. Of course, most Linux users will not even need its advanced features, but it’s a gold-standard all the same. You have an easy going working with databases, spreadsheets, text documents, and presentations. It’s even compatible with Microsoft Office documents.
Thunderbird and Lightning
Looking for the ideal email program for your Linux PC? Mozilla Thunderbird will get you going. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to email clients, but Thunderbird comes with all the perks that make an excellent email client. Combined with the initial Mozilla Lightning extension, Thunderbird will take care of calendaring, email, and take care of multiple other tasks as well.
Most distributions of Linux have drifted away from Pidgin and instead adopted alternatives like Empathy that deliver more intense desktop integration. Nonetheless, Pidgin still offers the most reliable, solid and good-functioning messenger for Linux. You can easily connect to AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, IRC and multiple other networks. The only problem facing Pidgin is that most providers are closing the XMPP gateway, so Pidgin won’t be able to support the likes of MSN, Facebook Chat, and more.
VLC is the gold-standard when it comes to media players. The Linux version of VLC is as great as any other and is an excellent way to send the default video player packing. Have it in mind though that you have to install the right codecs to have it working. The good thing with this application though is that you can play all sorts of media files without having to worry about a lack of compatibility.
GIMP is Photoshop’s ultimate alternative in the Open Source community. This great application does a hell of a job when it comes to touch-ups and image editing. It is an advanced image editor with a somewhat complicated interface, but all the same powerful features.
It’s disappointing that uTorrent isn’t available on Linux, but that doesn’t mean you should be left out when it comes to downloading all those great movies, eBooks, music and other precious files. Deluge’s powerful plug-in system feels precisely familiar to uTorrent users.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a music player. You get an awesome collection of features that make listening to online radio, local music, podcasts and other audio files a bliss. Just get it going and your Linux PC will be an audio entertainment powerhouse.
Just got started on Linux, these excellent apps should get you going!