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Favourite Ubuntu applications/tools


Tools like Firefox, OpenOffice, Nautilus, Gimp etc are excellent and builtin. These tools are installed separately.

1) Ubuntu Tweak

The most imporant tool is Ubuntu Tweak,  with this useful utility its possible to:

a) Change the look

b) Change the behaviour

c) Install more applications

d) Install newer applications

When I have installed Ubuntu (or Linux Mint or Easy Peasy) this is the first tool I install. It is also the key to install some of the applications mentioned below.

2) Shutter

Screenshot tool with editing abilities. Its way better than Snagit (a popular windows only product)
– remember to install “libgoo-canvas-perl” to be able to edit images

3) Virtualbox homepage:

Virtaulization made easy. Its way faster than VMWare Workstation and its also well integrated into Ubuntu Desktop.

– Tip: If you want to create blazingly fast Windows XP machines, then remember to install Intel AHCI drivers into guest operating system and switch from IDE to SATA in Virtualbox.

3) Pidgin

Even though Empathy is maturing to a better product everyday, I still use Pidgin, because everything just works.
– Tip: install “facebookchat-pidgin” to chat with your facebook friends.

4) VLC
– Excellent Mediaplayer. I use it watching movies and listening to radio.

5) Chrome browser
Faster than firefox, but does not have the same pleothora of plugins. Good as a compliment to firefox

6) FileZilla

Supports all protocols (ssh, ftp, ftps, etc)

7) Docky

MacOSx-alike taskbar that goes way beyond. Requires “Window Composing” to be enabled though.

8 ) Krusader

Im used to Total Commander for Windows, and this is an excellent replacement.

9) Wine

Useful to run som basic and important Windows applications: for example Lotus Domino Administrator, Notespad++, Wordfinder