Writing about favourite Linux software is subjective, but here’s a list of some programs that I aim to install every time I set up a new desktop.
Pixeluvo: The website tagline is “beautiful images made easy” and that’s very true. I’m a handy photographer and editor but no expert. I appreciate the capability and simplicity of Pixeluvo, which does all I need including curves, without the complication of Gimp which is my alternative.
Some people don’t like paying for Linux software, but I’m happy to support cross-platform initiatives that excel. Pixeluvo costs US$34 and my licence has been transferable across multiple installations and Windows.
PDF reading and editing
Another proprietary program that I use regularly is MasterPDFeditor. It has many of the features of more expensive software such as Adobe Acrobat (full version). Users can delete pages, edit and add text.
I’m using version 4.3.89 because it doesn’t add watermarks like the newest iteration. I bought a licence a couple of years ago but it wasn’t transferable between installations, which is a drawback. I actually emailed the company and asked for a deal because I wanted to support them.
I use several every day I’m working on my Linux desktop. The most powerful is Notepadqq. Its blurb says it’s “designed by developers, for developers. With more than 100 supported languages, it is the ideal text editor for your daily tasks”. I edit website code in Notepadqq although Bluefish is good for HTML.
Because I use the KDE Plasma desktop, Dolphin is my favourite. Sometimes I like to use a file manager as root and Dolphin doesn’t have this capability as a security feature so I turn to Caja from the Mate environment. Thunar from XFCE is also user friendly.
Lots to choose from but I keep returning to VLC because it’s powerful and works well.
I have personal email addresses with Google and Microsoft (Exchange) and my work email is on Office365.
Hiri has worked well for me in the past but recently I’ve had login issues with my work account, likewise with Evolution. I prefer these to Thunderbird, but find myself going to Windows in VirtualBox to access email because Outlook just works without fuss. There’s no favourite Linux software for me currently.
At the moment I use Abiword for writing letters and LibreOffice for opening external Word documents and Excel.
- Digikam for photo storage and organising
- Joplin for notes
- Flameshot for screenshots
- Google Chrome for web browsing
- Audio editing with Audacity
- Terminal: Konsole
- FTP: FileZilla (the best, use it on Windows as well)
Many of these programs would be familiar and common to regular Linux users. The difference might be that I’m happy to use commercial software and pay for it if it does what I want. That’s been the case overwhelmingly with Pixeluvo and to a lesser extent with MasterPDFeditor and Hiri.