Tried-and-true FOSS Linux Apps that you dig and use almost daily

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.

My List:

  • bash
  • tmux
  • ssh
  • nethogs
  • firefox
  • thunderbird
  • signal
  • Virtualbox
  • ISPconfig
  • wireguard
  • Zerotier
  • syncthing
  • XFCE
  • Debian
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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.

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For me, it’s the following:

Distro: Arch
DE: Cinnamon
Terminal: Sakura
Messaging: Weechat
Shell: zsh
Editor: nano
Office: LibreOffice
Browser: Firefox
Email: Thunderbird
RDP: Remmina
Remote: ssh, sshfs
Video editing: kdenlive, shotcut
File management: Nemo, ranger
General: htop

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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
LibreOffice
GIMP
OBS Studio
Mumble
Audacity
GParted - for whatever reason it is often removed at the point of install
Neofetch
Stacer
VirtualBox
Get-iplayer
YouTube-dl - although this seems to be broken by DRM at the moment, the battle continues
Telegram-desktop
Discord-desktop
gPodder
Calibre
FireFox
Thunderbird
VLC
Top(Htop)
Cheese
Pulse Audio and Alsa
CUPS
Network manager

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.

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Python
Bash
ssh
scp
nmap
Firefox
Thunderbird

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Distro depends, Xubuntu at home, Fedora XFCE spin at work

Apps are a mix of personal and work stuff

tmux
vim
geany
various network tools (netcat, curl, ssh, netstat/ss…)
keepass2
firefox (ghostery and forgetmenot plugins)
thunderbird (tbsync plugin for EWS)
git
grep
find
man :smiley:
ansible
gcc
openvpn
redshift
base16 (shell and vim, not really apps in their own right though)
homebank

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LibreOffice
GIMP
Firefox
GnuCash
VLC
OpenShot
Chromium
Syncthing
Double Commander
Pluma
Handbrake
Gthumb
Darktable
Guake
Keepass-XC

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This comes from an actual list i have:

Libre Office - i do type stuff sometimes
GIMP - for heavy editing
Nomacs - for light/fast cropping/editing
GNOME evolution
Standard Notes - synced to cloud
Steam - because of course
Signal
Telegram
Firefox
Transmission
VLC
Audacious
GNOME Disks - you dont need etcher if you have this
Syncthing - sync files to cellphone because i distrohop a lot
KeePass XC - you need them these days
Guake - feel good terminal

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Debian Stable
Gnome with minor tweaks
Gnome files / Nautilus
gnome-shell-pomodoro
Firefox (with ublock origin add-on)
LibreOffice
Terminal / bash / aptitude / top
Freeplane
Anki
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.

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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
  • Browser: Firefox
  • Email: Sylpheed, neomutt
  • Password Manager: Bitwarden
  • Bittorrent: Transmission
  • Editor: Atom, vim
  • Notes: Simplenote
  • Office: LibreOffice
  • Budgeting: GnuCash
  • Media Player: VLC Player, Plex
  • Podcasts: gPodder
  • Terminal Emulator: xfce4-terminal
  • System Monitor: glances
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  • abcde
  • anki
  • audacity
  • autokey-gtk
  • calibre
  • chirp
  • dateutils
  • firefox
  • goldendict
  • gparted
  • kazam
  • keepassxc
  • mplayer
  • nemo
  • newsboat
  • okular
  • pdfshuffler
  • pv
  • remmina
  • signal-desktop
  • standardnotes
  • syncthing
  • tmux
  • vim
  • virtualbox
  • xclip

In the words of Charles Bukowski:

Libre Office
Libre Office &
Libre Office.
:grin::grin::grin:

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vim (vimdiff)
awk
rsync
grep
mpv
cat
ssh
ranger
tail

My list:

  • XFCE
  • LibreOffice Writer & Calc
  • Nemo
  • Screenshooter (XFCE screenshot program)
  • Firefox
  • Bitwarden
  • Wine/Proton
  • Nano/Mousepad
  • Krita
  • Htop
  • Neofetch
  • Discord
  • nordvpn-cli
  • VirtualBox
  • Cool Retro Term/xfce4-terminal
  • Steam

Probably a few I’m forgetting, but these are the bigguns.

  • LibreOffice
  • Youtube-dl
  • Mpv
  • Vim
  • DeaDBeeF
  • Firefox

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 :slight_smile:

  • bash
  • vim (begrudgingly)
  • ssh
  • scp
  • Firefox
  • Bitwarden
  • OpenMW client (even though the data files are closed-source)

vim
tmux
dwm
st
qutebrowser
w3m
firefox
xclip
fzf
pandoc
ranger
fff
greenclip
kpcli
Latex
ssh
zsh
mpv
ffmpeg
youtube-dl
newsboat
neomutt
units
octave
feh
zathura (pdf and djvu plugins)
i3lock
openvpn
git