Debian Elementary XFCE: Best Apps for a balanced system

  • Desktop

  • Debian

    Free Windows Linux Windows S BSD Self-Hosted Website

    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

    An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. At the core of an operating system is the kernel. The kernel is the most fundamental program on the computer and does all the basic housekeeping and lets you start other programs.

    Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

    However, work is in progress to provide Debian for other kernels, primarily for the Hurd. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run on top of a microkernel (such as Mach) to implement different features. The Hurd is free software produced by the GNU project.

    A large part of the basic tools that fill out the operating system come from the GNU project; hence the names: GNU/Linux, GNU/kFreeBSD, and GNU/Hurd. These tools are also free.

    Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 51000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine), a package manager (APT), and other utilities that make it possible to manage thousands of packages on thousands of computers as easily as installing a single application. All of it free.

    It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the software that you run on the computer. At the top of the tower is Debian — carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together.


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  • Xfce

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Xfce (pronounced as four individual letters) is a free software desktop environment for Unix and other Unix-like platforms, such as Linux, Solaris and BSD. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. Among its main features are its customizable panels on which users can place various launchers or panel plugins. Xfce is also accompanied by a large collection of goodies, which consist of various applications and panel plugins designed mainly for Xfce.


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  • Plank

    Free Linux Website

    Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more. It is, however, a library which can be extended to create other dock programs with more advanced features. Thus, Plank is the underlying technology for Docky (starting in version 3.0.0) and aims to provide all the core features while Docky extends it to add fancier things like Docklets, painters, settings dialogs, etc.


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  • Compton

    Free Linux Website

    COMPTON is a compositor for X, and a fork of XCOMPMGR-DANA.

    I was frustrated by the low amount of standalone lightweight compositors. Compton was forked from Dana Jansens' fork of xcompmgr and refactored. I fixed whatever bug I found, and added features I wanted. Things seem stable, but don't quote me on it. I will most likely be actively working on this until I get the features I want. This is also a learning experience for me. That is, I'm partially doing this out of a desire to learn Xlib.

    Changes from xcompmgr:

    • OpenGL backend (--backend glx), in addition to the old X Render backend.
    • Inactive window transparency (-i) / dimming (--inactive-dim).
    • Titlebar/frame transparency (-e).
    • Menu transparency (-m, thanks to Dana).
    • shadows are now enabled for argb windows, e.g. terminals with transparency
    • removed serverside shadows (and simple compositing) to clean the code, the only option that remains is clientside shadows
    • configuration files (see the man page for more details)
    • colored shadows (--shadow-[red/green/blue])
    • a new fade system
    • VSync support (not always working)
    • Blur of background of transparent windows, window color inversion (bad in performance)
    • Some more options...

    Fixes from the original xcompmgr:

    • fixed a segfault when opening certain window types
    • fixed a memory leak caused by not freeing up shadows (from the freedesktop repo)
    • fixed the conflict with chromium and similar windows
    • many more


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  • LightDM

    Free Linux Website

    LightDM is a cross-desktop display manager. A display manager is a daemon that:

    Runs display servers (e.g. X) where necessary.
    Runs greeters to allow users to pick which user account and session type to use.
    Allows greeters to perform authentication using PAM.
    Runs session processes once authentication is complete.
    Provides remote graphical login options.

    Key features of LightDM are:

    Cross-desktop - supports different desktop technologies.
    Supports different display technologies (X, Mir, Wayland ...).
    Lightweight - low memory usage and fast performance.
    Guest sessions.
    Supports remote login (incoming - XDMCP, VNC, outgoing - XDMCP, pluggable).
    Comprehensive test suite.

    The package name is generally "lightdm".


  • Most Basic Applications

  • Thunar

    Free Mac Linux Xfce MacPorts XQuartz Website

    Thunar is a new modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment. Thunar has been designed from the ground up to be fast and easy-to-use. Its user interface is clean and intuitive, and does not include any confusing or useless options. Thunar is fast and responsive with a good start up time and directory load time. Thunar is accessible using Assistive Technologies and is fully standards compliant.


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  • Xfce-Terminal

    Free Linux BSD Xfce Website

    Terminal is a modern terminal emulator for the Unix/Linux desktop - primarily for the Xfce desktop environment. We developed it because we saw the need for a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator in the Xfce desktop environment, that doesn’t require the user to install the GNOME platform, but still provides a worthy alternative to the GNOME terminal emulator.


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  • Mousepad

    Free Linux BSD Xfce Website

    A simple text editor for the Xfce desktop environment. Mousepad aims to be an easy-to-use and fast editor for quickly editing text files, not a development environment or an editor with a huge bunch of plugins.

    • Complete support for UTF-8 text
    • Cut/Copy/Paste and Select All text
    • Search and Replace
    • Font selection
    • Word Wrap
    • Auto character coding detection (UTF-8 and some codesets)
    • Infinite Undo/Redo
    • Auto Indent
    • Multi-line Indent
    • Drag and Drop
    • Printing


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  • Firefox ESR

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release is a community-led project that allows organizations to benefit from the speed, flexibility and security of Firefox while getting the support they need.

    Firefox ESR is intended for groups who deploy and maintain the desktop environment in large organizations such as universities and other schools, county or city governments and businesses.


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  • Ristretto

    Free Linux Xfce Website

    The Ristretto Image Viewer is an application that can be used to view, and scroll through images.


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  • Evince

    Free Linux Website

    Evince (or GNOME Document Viewer) is a document viewer for multiple document formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt) and others. See Supported Document Formats for details. .


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  • Parole

    Free Linux Xfce Website

    Parole is a media player for the Xfce desktop environment, written using the GStreamer framework.
    Parole features playback of local media files, including video with subtitles support, DVD/CD and live streams; it is also extensible via plugins.

    Download tar.bz2 —


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  • Audacious

    Free Windows Linux BSD Haiku Xfce Website

    Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK+, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. There is also support for several visual styles from Winamp. Its advanced audio playback engine is considerably more powerful than GStreamer. Audacious is a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which itself forked from XMMS.


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  • galculator

    Free Linux BSD Xfce Website

    galculator is a GTK 2 / GTK 3 based calculator with ordinary notation/reverse Polish notation (RPN), a formula entry mode, different number bases (DEC, HEX, OCT, BIN) and different units of angular measure (DEG, RAD, GRAD). It supports quad-precision floating point and 112-bit binary arithmetic.


    Algebraic mode, RPN (Reverse Polish Notation), Formula Entry and Paper mode
    Decimal, hexadecimal, octal and binary number base
    Radiant, degree and grad support
    Basic and Scientific Mode
    User defined constants and functions
    Trigonometric functions, power, square root, natural and common logarithm, inverse and hyperbolic functions
    Binary arithmetic of configurable bit length and signedness
    Quad-precision floating point arithmetic
    112-bit binary arithmetic
    Copy and paste
    Available in more than 20 translations.


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  • Transmission

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Cloudron Xfce Website

    Transmission has the features you expect in a BitTorrent client: encryption, a web-based interface, peer exchange, UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding, web seed support, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more.


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  • Catfish

    Free Linux GTK+ Xfce PyGTK Website

    Catfish is a versatile file searching tool.

    Catfish is a search GUI powered by locate and find behind the scenes, with autocompletion from Zeitgeist and locate. The advanced options allow filtering by date and file type. The interface is intentionally lightweight and simple, using only GTK+.

    Requirements: PyGtk, GTK+3, python-xdg, dbus


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  • Generally Useful Applications

  • Geary

    Free Linux Chrome OS BSD GNOME Website

    Geary is an email application built around conversations, for the GNOME 3 desktop.


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  • AbiWord

    Free Linux BSD Haiku GTK+ ... AmigaOS Website

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.0 (through its Cygnix X11 engine), and other operating systems. Multilingual Portable version (15MB installed) from .


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  • Gnumeric

    Free Linux AmigaOS Xfce Website

    The Gnumeric spreadsheet is part of the GNOME desktop environment: a project to create a free, user friendly desktop environment.

    The goal of Gnumeric is to be the best possible spreadsheet. We are not attempting to clone existing applications. However, Gnumeric can read files saved with other spreadsheets and we offer a customizable feel that attempts to minimize the costs of transition.


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  • GNOME Calendar

    Free Linux Website

    GNOME Calendar is a simple and beautiful calendar application designed to perfectly fit the GNOME desktop. By reusing the components which the GNOME desktop is build on, Calendar nicely integrates with the GNOME ecosystem.


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  • Cheese

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others. It was written as part of Googles 2007 Summer of Code lead by Daniel G. Siegel and mentored by Raphaël Slinckx. Under the hood, Cheese uses GStreamer to apply fancy effects to photos and videos. With Cheese it is easy to take photos of you, your friends, pets or whatever you want and share them with others. After a success of the Summer of Code, the development continued and we still are looking for people with nice ideas and patches ;)


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  • ghostwriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    No excuses. No distractions. Just write. ghostwriter is a feature-rich text editor using Markdown syntax which makes it suitable for note-taking, document redaction, simple HTML website creation and much more.


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  • Shotwell

    Free Linux Website

    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.


    Import photos from folders or from any digital camera supported by gPhoto.
    Shotwell automatically groups photos taken at the same time. You can also use tags and ratings to organize your photo collection.
    You can rotate, crop, reduce red-eye, and adjust the exposure, saturation, tint, and temperature of each photo.
    Publish photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and YouTube.


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  • KeePassXC

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    KeePass Cross-Platform Community Edition - A community maintained fork of the popular KeePassX application with more features and frequent updates.


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  • TimeShift

    Free Linux Website

    TimeShift for Linux is an application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and Time Machine tool in Mac OS. TimeShift protects your system by taking incremental snapshots of file system at regular intervals.


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  • Xfce4 Dictionary

    Free Linux Xfce Website

    This program allows you to search different kinds of dictionary services for words or phrases and shows you the result. Currently you can query a Dict server(RFC 2229), any online dictionary service by opening a web browser or search for words using the aspell/ispell program.

    xfce4-dict contains a stand-alone application called “xfce4-dict” and a panel plugin for the Xfce panel.


  • Gnome Clocks

    Free Linux Website

    A simple and elegant clock application. It includes world clocks, alarms, a stopwatch and a timer.


    • Show the time in different cities around the world
    • Set alarms to wake you up
    • Measure elapsed time with an accurate stopwatch
    • Set timers to properly cook your food


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  • Meld

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Python Website

    Open-source, Python-based visual diff and merge tool for comparing files and folders.


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  • Xfce4 Screenshooter

    Free Linux Website

    This application allows you to capture the entire screen, the active window or a selected region. You can set the delay that elapses before the screenshot is taken and the action that will be done with the screenshot: save it to a PNG file, copy it to the clipboard, open it using another application, or host it on ZimageZ, a free online image hosting service.


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  • Xfce Task Manager

    Free Linux Website

    Easy to use application for monitoring and controlling running processes.

    • Support for Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and OpenSolaris.
    • Monitors the CPU and memory usage.
    • Tree view columns can be reordered.
    • View processes as a tree.
    • Display window icons/names.
    • Customizable with some settings.
    • Filter process list on process names.
    • Support for Gtk+3.


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  • Recommended System and Settings Tools

  • MenuLibre

    Free Linux Website

    An advanced menu editor that provides modern features in a clean, easy-to-use interface. All without GNOME dependencies, so even lightweight systems can benefit from the sanity that MenuLibre offers. MenuLibre is your one-stop shop for menus in Linux, whether you use Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, or Unity.

    A beautiful interface powered by the latest version of GTK+
    Create new launchers, or modify existing ones with complete control over common settings and access to advanced settings
    Add, remove, and adjust quicklists: powerful shortcuts available to Unity and other desktop environments.
    Edit user menus or administer system menus that are accessible to all users


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  • Seahorse

    Free Linux GnuPG Website

    Seahorse is a GNOME application for managing encryption keys and passwords in the GNOME Keyring.


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  • Synaptic

    Free Linux Debian Xfce Website

    Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+.

    * Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages.
    * Upgrade your whole system.
    * Manage package repositories (sources.list).
    * Find packages by name, description and several other attributes.
    * Select packages by status, section, name or a custom filter.
    * Sort packages by name, status, size or version.
    * Browse all available online documentation related to a package.


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  • Disks

    Free Linux Website

    A Small GNOME iconGNOME utility for dealing with storage devices.

    • Create and restore disk images. Perform low-level copies and attach disk images as virtual loop devices.
    • Partitionize and format disks. Common filesystems and encryption (LUKS) are supported.
    • Inspect drive speed and health status. GNOME notifies you if disks fail with critical SMART values.


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  • BleachBit

    Free Mac Windows Linux Blackberry Website

    BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk.

    Rid your system of old clutter including cache, cookies, Internet history, localizations, logs, temporary files, and broken shortcuts.

    Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean Small Adobe Acrobat Reader iconAdobe Acrobat Reader, APT, Bash, Small Beagle iconBeagle, Small Chromium iconChromium, Epiphany, Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox, Flash, GIMP, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Internet Explorer, Java, KDE,, Opera, RealPlayer, Safari, Second Life viewer, Small Skype iconSkype, VIM, XChat, Yum, and more.

    BleachBit has never bundled any junk like browser toolbars.


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  • Blueman

    Free Linux Website

    Blueman - Full featured GTK Bluetooth Manager For GNOME
    Blueman is designed to be simple and intuitive for everyday bluetooth tasks such as:
    -Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via DUN profile.
    -Connecting to/Creating bluetooth networks
    -Connecting to input devices
    -Connecting to audio devices
    -Sending/Receiving/Browsing files via OBEX


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