Many of us use and love Linux, and so a post about some of the best Linux software for a seamless desktop experience and enhanced productivity is in order.
Have you just moved to Linux from Windows? Are you unhappy with your current email client or browser? This hand-picked list is for you. Of course, there are going to be subjective preferences for one over the other. But in general, we think the following are the best Linux apps available at the moment.
Our Favorite Linux Launchers
We recommend choosing between Synapse and Albert for your launcher. The former is old and gold, with straightforward and practical for running all your applications, running searches and commands, searching bookmarks, etc. The Albert launcher is fast and can be customized, and it is still under active development on GitHub.
Our Favorite Linux Software for Secure Storage
When it comes to storage, Dropbox is a popular choice for Linux users, but encryption keys are in the hands of a SMALL number of Dropbox employees. We prefer Mega Cloud Storage to store data on the cloud because it offers support for end-to-end encryption and only you as the user have control over the master keys for your data. Also, the service gives you a generous 50 GB of free cloud storage, which will be more than welcome for small companies looking for enterprise level storage at low costs.
Our Favorite Linux Email Clients
There are several excellent email clients for Linux users, each one with features that may be preferable to some over others. We found
Evolution Fossamail was lightning-fast and had a SOGo connector that could be easily tuned to CardDAV and CalDAV before the developers sadly retired Fossamail for lack of funds and subscribers. But it was a Thunderbird-based client, and Thunderbird is also a highly functional dedicated email client from Mozilla that you may already have used on Windows. Unlike Outlook, it is free.
Another Thunderbird alternative for email is the IMAP client Geary, for the Gnome desktop. It may look very bare-bones, but it gets the job done, is minimalist, has a full-featured email editor and organizes email by conversation.
The Only Linux Productivity Suites We Recommend
Among free office suites, LibreOffice is an open-source office suite with the most dedicated community of developers. Its six modules – Writer, Draw, Calc, Impress, Base, and Math – cover a huge variety of file types that you may want to work with. We recommend it over the alternative WPS Office since the latter comes with too many ads, installing is a pain with missing fonts, and it doesn’t support hyphenation. These little flaws add up to a frustrating user experience.
If you’re not satisfied with the pre-installed text editor on your Linux system, we recommend GitHub’s Atom which has features like a smart autocomplete, and it lets you split your workspace into multiple panes so you can compare different versions.
Lastly, you’ll also want an image editor. GIMP and Krita are powerful photo editors, and Krita is excellent as a drawing and painting tool for your advertising team. Pinta is also a great little alternative that is less resource intensive than GIMP.
Linux Software for Entertainment
There are times you’ll want to liven up the workplace, with music and entertainment. Of course, you’ll also need a media player for playing explainer videos that your team creates or the product and service ads that your marketing team delivers.
When it comes to video players, the ubiquitous open-source VLC player is excellent. It plays almost every media format, loads quickly, is lightweight and straightforward and can stream online media. Since it’s open source, you can also use plugins to help you with tasks like downloading subs from the player.
Another option, more complicated and rather controversial in recent times, is Kodi. This open-source player lets you play music, videos, TV shows, podcasts and more, from the Internet, local storage media, as well as other storage devices on your network. Overall, Kodi is quite feature-rich and lets you record TV and customize with various skins. It can run on your Android device too.
If you’re looking for a simple music player, we would recommend Lollypop. For Unix like systems users, cmus is an excellent sparingly designed player that does what it’s supposed to. You can add scripts and extensions for more functions.
Overall this wraps up the list. But if you think there’s any Linux software we’ve missed that should be here, comment below so everyone can benefit!