Whether it’s popular, cross-platform applications, or lesser-known apps and tools specially developed for Linux, users of the open-source operating system can have their pick of many pieces of software. Best thing of all, since we’re talking about Linux, almost all of them are free! Here’s a list of some of the best linux apps we’ve picked out:
Eclipse is one of the most popular IDEs (integrated development environment) out there. Since it was built on Java, it also works perfectly well with OS X and Wondows, and features a whole host of plug-ins which provide support for multiple languages, from Python, to C++, Ruby, or Scala. It’s also a highly customizable environment, so programmers can set it up in whatever way works best for them.
Brackets is an elegant text editor designed primarily for HTML and CSS. It comes with everything you might expect from a modern editor, including automatic indentation, code folding, themes, and lots of plug-ins. One of its most useful features is the live preview mode, allowing you to see changes in your website as you write the code.
Telegram is an instant messaging service which places great emphasis on privacy and security. All messages are encrypted and since it’s a cloud based system they can be viewed from multiple devices.
There’s also a Secret chat mode which is the safest of all, and even allows users to set messages to self -destruct.
Firefox is the default browser on many Linux distributions, and there are hundreds of extensions that let you change its appearance and functionality. It’s a great browser for all types of users because it’s easy to personalize. The growing amount of users worldwide should convince you to try it, if you haven’t done so yet.
The popular web browser really needs no introduction, and is already the default browser on many Linux distributions. Alongside its reliability, Firefox also boasts a huge number of extensions which allow you to tweak its appearance and functionality, which is also a great thing to have.
You can download it from the Mozzila Official Page.
Jitsi is proof that there are powerful Skype alternatives for Linux. It’s a full-fledged communication center with support for Google Talk, Facebook chat, Yahoo, ICQ and XMPP, but that’s not all. You can use Jitsi for audio and video calls, conference calls, desktop streaming and group chats. It supports encrypted conversations, file transfer, call recording, notifications and more.
Jitsi is Linux’s answer to Skype. A veritable communication center which brings together Google Talk, Facebook chat, Yahoo, ICQ and XMPP, among others, you can use it for audio and video calls, conference calls, desktop streaming, and even group chats. Jitsi also supports encrypted conversations, file transfer, call recording, and notifications.
Widely regarded as the linux alternative to utorrent, qBitTorrent is a lightweight app with a clean interface and offers all the features you could expect from it. These include integrated search, DHT and peer exchange support, encryption and port forwarding to bandwidth scheduling, IP filtering, and download queues.
Security is (or at least should be) a great concern when using the internet nowadays, but luckily there are a few services which allow you to go about your business safely and privately. One of them is Tor, a free and open-source browser which, among other things, keeps your location and browsing habits a secret. A must-have if you want to once again use the internet anonymously.
Having strong passwords for all your apps and services is very important if you’re looking to be as safe as possible, but managing multiple different passwords can be a real hassle. That’s KeePass comes in! It is a tool which can import and export your passwords in multiple formats, keeping them encrypted and therefore secure. KeePass also features a random password generator and clipboard integration.
Gimp is probably the most powerful image editing tool for Linux, a worthy counterpart to Photoshop. While its standard capabilities are quite impressive, you can also get scores of great plug-ins which add new functions or image effects.
You can download Gimp from their official page.
Krita is the Linux app for digital artists and illustrators. Not only does it let you customize its appearance to whatever best suits your workflow, it also has a special distraction-free painting mode which allows you to fully focus on your art. You can use Krita to create patterns and textures, modify and import brushes, apply filters and effects, manage layers, and much, much more.
This neat cross-platform app allows you to search and stream music directly from YouTube. You can organize your favorite tracks into playlists, view videos in full screen, as well also browse current top songs on YouTube directly from the app.
Tomahawk is a truly innovative Linux app that combines music and social media. It lets you stream songs from a bunch of online services, like Last.fm, Soundcloud, Grooveshark, Jamendo, Deezer, Google Play and many more. You can connect your social accounts and get detailed stats on your music consumption and preferences. With Tomahawk, it’s easy to share songs and playlists with your friends and get recommendations tailored to your taste.
A really interesting Linux app, Tomahawk combines music and social in order to create the best possible listening experience. You can stream songs from a wide range of online services, a list which includes Last.fm, Soundcloud, Grooveshark, Jamendo, Deezer, Google Play, and more.
What makes it really interesting is the fact that you can connect your social accounts and get detailed information about your music preferences. You can share songs and playlists with your friends, and also get recommendations based on your particular tastes.