No explanations of Apps, please, and no dumps from commands like “dpkg -l”. Please list Apps you have gotten familiar with, and have stuck with you longer term, not just the new hotness that you want to brag about using. This thread isn’t about showing off, it’s about mentioning Apps which actually help you get things done in a sensible-enough, reliable way.
Note: A Distro or a Desktop Environment can also count as an App here, it’s just understood to be a list of Apps.
I use most of the things in this list daily.
Distros - Kubuntu and Arch
DEs - KDE Plasma and Cinnamon
Browsers - Firefox and Chrome (for web dev only)
FTP - Filezilla
Editors - Kate and VS Code
Virtualization - VirtualBox
VPN - windscribe-cli
Note Taking - Joplin
Markdown - Typora
Screenshots - Flameshot
Graphics - Inkscape and Photopea
Office - LibreOffice and Google Docs (business)
Video capture - SimpleScreenRecorder and OBS Studio
Video editing - Olive
Audio capture and editing - Ardour and Audacity
Social and chat - Telegram, Discord, Mumble
Meetings - Zoom
Drop down terminal - Yakuake or Guake
General - htop, nano, vim
The list goes on but that’s the gist of what I need to get things done.
For me, it’s the following:
Remote: ssh, sshfs
Video editing: kdenlive, shotcut
File management: Nemo, ranger
So these are the things I would have to install on top of any distro once I have a DE installed if not installed by default as they maybe on some of the distro’s I use.
My main Distro is Mint 19.2
DE - Mate or XFCE
GParted - for whatever reason it is often removed at the point of install
YouTube-dl - although this seems to be broken by DRM at the moment, the battle continues
Pulse Audio and Alsa
As Eric said These are the things I can think of that I couldn’t live without, but as I don’t do vanilla Arch, all the base stuff as well, which for whatever reason is sometimes not installed. One example was I had to manually install the track pad drivers in a Fedora 30 install on a Dell E7250 a while back whereas on Mint 19.1 at that time they worked out of the box, hardware recognition can sometimes be a little haphazard in some distro’s.
Distro depends, Xubuntu at home, Fedora XFCE spin at work
Apps are a mix of personal and work stuff
various network tools (netcat, curl, ssh, netstat/ss…)
firefox (ghostery and forgetmenot plugins)
thunderbird (tbsync plugin for EWS)
base16 (shell and vim, not really apps in their own right though)
Gnome with minor tweaks
Gnome files / Nautilus
Firefox (with ublock origin add-on)
Terminal / bash / aptitude / top
VLC Media Player
Gnome System Monitor
Gnome Boxes on which I am experimenting with Fedora.
I was using Wayland but the pomodoro extension doesn’t work with that, possibly because it creates a screen-overlay at ends of sessions in a way that might break Wayland protocol security.
I’m in the same boat as most of you for this, but there are a few exceptions:
Distro: Arch Linux
DE: Xfce 4.14
Email: Sylpheed, neomutt
Password Manager: Bitwarden
Editor: Atom, vim
Media Player: VLC Player, Plex
Terminal Emulator: xfce4-terminal
System Monitor: glances
In the words of Charles Bukowski:
Libre Office &
- LibreOffice Writer & Calc
- Screenshooter (XFCE screenshot program)
- Cool Retro Term/xfce4-terminal
Probably a few I’m forgetting, but these are the bigguns.
Update: turns out the gnome-shell-pomodoro extension is a bit buggy at times, nothing to do with Wayland, so I am happy to return to Wayland for daily use now
zathura (pdf and djvu plugins)