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15 Must Have Applications in Ubuntu

Posted 06-18-2010 at 01:10 PM by sheshta
Updated 06-19-2010 at 09:29 AM by sheshta

This post appeared on Mostafa Sheshtawy's Blog

As we all know, the new ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is now available for download . It is a very nice operating system, I posted earlier a Quick-Review on Ubuntu, you can check it out and see what's new and cool about the new Ubuntu.

However in this post, and as a web developer, I will recommend the things that web developers can't live without in this open source operating system. We will look at development tools and applications that would increase productivity as well as applications that we developers can't live without in our personal or work life.

If the application has a * beside it's name that means it can be downloaded from Ubuntu's Software Center - in Applications menu.

Internet tools

1) Firefox
  • Firefox : You don't have to worry about this , it is already pre-installed in Ubuntu , however here some very useful Firefox extensions .

2) Chrome
  • Chrome * : It is a fast web browser that is always helpful in quick search and email checking ( specially if you have Gmail ). Here are some useful extensions to install in your Chrome.


3) Skype

Skype : The easiest nicest way to communicate with other by voice calls .

Development tools


4) Eclipse

Eclipse*, The famous open-source IDE for (mainly) Java Developers, and many frameworks such as Ruby on Rails , C/C++, etc.

5) Aptana

Aptana*, is a Development tool based on Eclipse for Ruby on Rails Development, can be downloaded as
part of Eclipse,

Or Individually,

6) MonoDevelop

MonoDevelop*, Is basically an IDE for ASP.NET web applications On Linux.


7) Kate

Kate*, is a KDE powerful text editor, for HTML, Ruby, Python and others,

8 ) GIMP

GIMP*, is the replacement of Adobe Photoshop in Linux,

Personal tools

9) Kile

Kile*, is a user friendly KDE LaTex editor, it's great and very easy to use.

10) Terminator

Terminator*, is an application for running multiple terminals in one window, saves time and effort.

11) Docky

Docky*, is an interactive dock to replace the bottom panel, it is Mac-OS-dock-like . However very useful and good design.

12) Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak*, is a user friendly application to config Ubuntu , install new application and add new features,

13) DropBox

DropBox*, is a software to sync your data Online for multiple computer access and backup, starting with 2GB free,

14) VLC

VLC*, is a media player with all the needed packages and for all formats,

15) Virtual Box

Sun Virtual Box*, well it is a sun product (never the less it is owned by Oracle) it's an application for running virtual machines on the local machine, it is useful for running windows over Ubuntu, or running any other operating system.

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  1. Old Comment
    Of the apps you recommend, I find the most useful for the non-developer is VirtualBox. Its no londer necessary to dual boot with Windows. I can conserve the Windows drive (in my case a separate hard disk) for other uses.
    Most importantly it gives me the capacity to experiment with other distros. I'm currently running Ubuntu Jaunty as my "main" OS, but I have installed other distros -mandriva, debian, knoppix, damn small linux, Open SUSE etc. --you get the picture. One can play with and evaluate the various linus distros and unix like systems. I really enjoy experimenting with apps and systems and intend to download some of the apps you listed. Thanks for that.
    Posted 06-18-2010 at 02:36 PM by biggocharley biggocharley is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Thanks /.. glad you liked it ..

    for more cool open source tips check
    Posted 06-18-2010 at 03:36 PM by sheshta sheshta is offline
  3. Old Comment
    I prefer kate to gedit
    Posted 06-19-2010 at 06:47 AM by ultimate_linux ultimate_linux is offline
  4. Old Comment
    oh yess .. Kate is much much better ! i love the auto complete from what you've previously written .. pretty smart move .. all KDE programs have smart functions .. which makes their programs very handy
    Posted 06-19-2010 at 09:12 AM by sheshta sheshta is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Why not ekiga?
    Posted 06-19-2010 at 11:32 PM by Mr-Bisquit Mr-Bisquit is offline
  6. Old Comment
    haven't really tried it !
    well .. tell us why ekiga then ?
    Posted 06-20-2010 at 03:41 PM by sheshta sheshta is offline


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