Linux Essentials

  • Openbox

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.


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  • VMware vCenter Converter

    Free Personal Windows Website

    Automate and simplify physical to only VMware virtual machine conversions as well as conversions from other virtual machine formats to only vdmk with VMware vCenter Converter.
    With this robust, enterprise class migration tool you can (not convert to vhd):

    • Quickly and reliably convert local and remote physical machines into virtual machines without any disruption or downtime.
    • Convert other virtual machine formats such as Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server or backup images of physical machines such as Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Norton Ghost to VMware virtual machines.
      • Restore VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) images of virtual machines to running virtual machines.
      • Clone and backup physical machines to virtual machines as part of your disaster recovery plan.
    • Complete multiple conversions simultaneously with a centralized management console and an intuitive conversion wizard.


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  • Pluma

    Free Linux Website

    Pluma, fork of Small gedit icongedit , is a text editor part of Small MATE iconMATE Desktop Environment. It supports most standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. Pluma is a graphical application which supports editing multiple text files in one window (known sometimes as tabs or MDI). Pluma fully supports international text through its use of the Unicode UTF-8 encoding in edited files. Its core feature set includes syntax highlighting of source code, auto indentation and printing and print preview support.


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  • GDebi

    Free Linux Website

    Fixes the pain of finding dependencies for youself!


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  • Karton

    Free Mac Linux Website

    Run Linux programs on macOS, a different Linux distro, or a different architecture.


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  • Launchpad

    Free Web Python Website

    Launchpad is a collaboration and Bazaar code hosting platform for (primarily open-source) software projects.

    Hosting is free for public projects, but if you want private code branches, a private bugtracker, private teams and mailing lists and private PPAs, you need to sign up for a paid plan, or host your own.


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  • GParted

    Free Linux Website

    Makes Partitioning so much easier and supports many filesystems!


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  • Wine

    Free Mac Linux Android Android Tablet BSD Website

    Runs Windows Application by Right Click, or Double Click runs really well does all the work for you.


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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    Open Source Web Brower


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  • GNOME Files

    Free Mac Linux MacPorts XQuartz Website

    Really stable and I like how easy to is to transfer files with. Lacks checkboxes though.


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  • Tor

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Essential to protect your privacy. Can support routing all traffic through tor, or select applications.


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  • OpenVPN

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Cloudron Website

    You should route all your traffic through a VPN at least! Lacks GUI for Linux though. I'll make a bash script to do that one day.


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  • Private Internet Access

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Tomato Opera pfSense OpenVPN Firefox DD-WRT Website

    You should route all your traffic through a VPN at least! $3.33 a month, but gives you so many locations, its fast and has a GUI!


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  • Tor Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... OpenBSD Website

    Keeps you anonymous, and is great for web browsing. Streaming might be a bit slow so use VPN's and Firefox for that.


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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch Apple TV F-Droid Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    Really good for playing Videos because supports so many formats! Also use it for playing music and it lets you adjust the bass and treble with advanced contol!


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  • VirtualBox

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris Website

    The must have if you like Virtualizing, and you should get into it. Also if your Windows Apps don't work in Wine or Play on Linux you can use a Minimalized Windows like Windows Vista as a last resort.


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  • RedshiftGUI

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Great at night so all that blue light doesn't bother your eyes!


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  • Synaptic

    Free Linux Debian Xfce Website

    Finnaly! A GUI to find packages, and its not a single store, It lets you add repositories if you can't get what you are looking for!


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  • alien pkg convert

    Free Linux Website

    Really useful if you are trying to get something work that's an RPM made for RedHat based distros on Debian based distros! Its a way to convert packages between the two. Its a Command Line Interface, but its easy to use because you only need like two commands.


  • PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    Free Mac Linux BSD Wine FreeBSD Website

    If it doesn't run on Wine, you can manually configure it to run. Also has some Windows Apps preconfigured for you.


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  • Brave

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Its based off of Chromium just degooglified. It protects your privacy, and I like it because you can get Chrome Apps to work in it.


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  • Snap Store

    Free Linux Web Ubuntu Advanced Package Tool Website

    Ubuntu Software Center has Hundreds of Applications to Choose From. It is my favorite store to get free software!


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Linux and Linux distros don't have much applications out of the box they expect you to download them manually and search for repositories yourself and edit config files to make things work. Its 2018 and also why should you waste time manually configuring things and looking for the software you need to make Linux usable for you? That's why I have created this list.

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