Here is a closer look at some of the software you will encounter when using the Linux desktop. Users can learn more about Linux software, and how to install individual applications quickly and easily.
Linux has software for everything, and because there is so much it is all categorized to make things easier to find. You can also find basic help for several of the most popular Linux applications as well.
There are many different ways to install software so be sure to use the proper tools for your distribution. You can download software from the command line or using one of the simple and convenient desktop software installation tools that are available. Now for all of the best Linux software, be sure to request any applications that are missing and we will add them to the list.
Look here to find several Internet applications for the Linux desktop. There are several chat programs available, along with Internet browsers, and other Internet tools. FTP clients and other server related applications may also be stored in this category. Several file transfer tools can be found here as well.
Keep In Touch
Linux has some fantastic chat clients that are able to combine multiple accounts from several different protocols into one simple and convenient application. Some of these chat clients have many unique features, even themes area available for some. Also be sure to try one of the cool micro-blogging platforms or RSS feed readers to keep up to date with everything that is happening in the world.
Linux has several professional office applications available for free. If you need a thesaurus, dictionary, or any other text editing tool, Linux will have it. Applications are also available to help you manage your contacts, money, or your business, so be sure to take advantage of these free tools.
Office Software Details
With the professional quality office suites you can create fantastic presentations, manage spreadsheets, or create well formatted text documents. There are even many standard text editors available, or try advanced text editors with syntax highlighting and other features for programmers and developers.
If you are interested in graphic design you are also in luck, there are several professional graphics applications for you to try. Image viewing software is also located in this category.
Are You The Next Michelangelo?
This category contains many of my favorite Linux applications. There are drawing applications, painting, even 3D rendering tools, be sure to give them a try. When finished, be sure to share your lovely creations with the community!
From simple audio recorders, all the way to full DJ software, you can find it in this category. A variety of music players, and audio editing tools can be downloaded as well. Anything for audio or music needs can be found here.
Cool Audio Tools
Some audio applications are even able to download album artwork and lyrics for your songs as well. You can even use simple plugins, widgets, or screenlets as minimal front ends for many of these tools.
Here you can find everything related to video software. You can download several video players and video editors, each with unique features. Video conversion tools are available as well for several supported formats. Linux has a wide variety of video software available for users to try.
Linux has a several different file managers to choose from all with different features and capabilities. Some are designed for high-speed file browsing, some simply have endless amounts of options.
File Manager Features
Two panel file managers are also quite popular, they allow you to transfer files between multiple directories from the same window. Tabbed file managers are also quite popular. Some file manager are also highly customizable with directory backgrounds and customized action menus.
When using Linux users can also choose which dock or panel they wish to use with their desktop. Like other Linux desktop tools there are several panels and docks to choose from, some are simple, and some are loaded with options.
Which Dock To Choose
Some docks will even work especially well with the Compiz desktop or other compositing window managers to provide additional fantastic desktop effects. In many cases you can also add themes or backgrounds to your docks to help them match your desktop themes.
It is also important to find a terminal emulator that you are comfortable using if you are frequently using the desktop environment. You may still need to send commands to the system shell for convenience. Two panel or tabbed terminal emulators are quite popular, with these you can run more than one session in a single window.
The Perfect Terminal With The Perfect Shell
Users are able to try a variety of terminal emulators, each offering their own unique functions. Because Linux always offers alternatives, you can also use a different shell altogether with your terminal emulator. Shells also offer many functions that others may not.
This section includes all of your desktop gadgets and useful little tools. Other system tools and administration applications can also be found here. This category also includes terminal emulators, text editors, screenshot tools, and generally anything that does not belong in any other category.