Lifehacker Pack For Linux 2015: Our List Of The Essential Linux Apps

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Lifehacker Pack For Linux 2015: Our List Of The Essential Linux Apps

With so many flavours of Linux and the awesome apps in their repositories, finding the right app for getting things done can be tough. In our annual Lifehacker Pack for Linux, we’re highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.

The Lifehacker Pack is a yearly snapshot of our favourite, essential applications for each of our favourite platforms. For our always-updating directory of all the best apps, be sure to bookmark our Linux App Directory.

How We Designed the Lifehacker Pack for Linux

Unlike Windows and OS X, Linux isn’t one cohesive entity. There are lots of different distributions of Linux, with different desktop environments to choose from and different apps already built into the system. Some people prefer to use apps tied to their desktop environment, some would rather use the best in class, and some might even prefer to do everything in a terminal. This makes the Lifehacker Pack for Linux hard to curate.

So last year, we added a few more apps to reflect this. In some categories, we’ll list a few of our favourite apps for different desktop environments instead of listing just one — that way, you can decide which you want to use based on your distro and desktop preference. We could never make one pack that fits everyone, but hopefully this is one step closer.

So a few years ago, we haven’t changed much from the 2014 pack — just removed an app or two to keep things neat. Linux development is a bit slower than other platforms, so most of these apps haven’t gone through any huge updates, nor have their competitors. We considered swapping out Kate and Geany for Sublime Text, and VLC for SMPlayer, and even Deluge for qBitTorrent, but at the end of the day, we picked these for a reason—and decided to stick with them rather than changing for the sake of change. As always, much of this is personal preference, so don’t take our recommendations as the only viable options!

Productivity

Synapse

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

a lot more than just launch appshas now been all but abandonedGNOME DodmenuKRunner

Kate and Geany

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

favourite text editorEclipseSublime Text 2

AutoKey

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

save you hours of typingAutoKey fits the bill

LibreOffice

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

Internet and Communication

Chrome

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

FirefoxpowerfulChromiumFirefox

Pidgin

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

best IM client aroundEmpathypretty sweet extension library

Skype

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

isn’t our favourite video chat tool

Music, Photos, and Video

VLC

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

handy command line tools

digiKam and Shotwell

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

our favourite is definitely digiKam

GIMP

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

it can do an awful lot on its own

Clementine

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

BansheeAmarok

Spotify

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

preview builds

Utilities

Dropbox

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

These days, lots of us have more than just one device. Maybe it’s a Linux machine at home and a Windows computer at work. Or maybe it’s three computers, a smartphone, a tablet, and a netbook running Archbang. Whatever your span of devices, Dropbox is absolutely essential for keeping all your files (and other stuff) in sync. You get 2GB of free space to start, but it’s really easy to load up on extra space for free.

Deluge

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

our favourite client is DelugespeedprivacyqBitTorrent

CrashPlan

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

back up to an external drivereally easy to set up

PeaZip

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

p7zipPeaZip is our pick

Wine

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

Wine’s app database

Terminator

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

Terminator will take your command line work to the next levelGuakeYakuake

VirtualBox

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

have

Title image by Tina Mailhot-Roberge.

Comments

  • As a kubuntu user:
    blueman
    darktable
    rawtherapee
    geeqie
    gimp
    cheeze
    shutter & gnome-web-photo
    qtqr & qrencode
    thunderbird
    kuser
    keepassx
    xvkbd
    libimage-exiftool-perl
    vlc
    system-config-samba
    cifs-utils
    filezilla
    kazam

    virtualbox
    . and on the virtual machine:
    .. openvpn & network-manager-openvpn
    ..sudo adduser vboxsf

  • I’m looking for a Linux equivalent of the Windows software Magic Mail Monitor for managing email before it comes into the computer. Does anyone know of such a thing?

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