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Top Ubuntu Apps Recommended for 2017

When a new Ubuntu flavor is released, one of the difficult task is to determine what apps to install as post installation. In this post, we will walk you through some of the most widely installed or used apps on the Linux platform. This posts will cover apps that range from audio to office suites and many others. Now lets take a look at the top ubuntu apps to have on your desktop.

Please note these list is in no particular order and the choices of apps listed here are based on personal use and other user experience. So if you have any other app not listed here and will be of great use to Linux users, please feel free to comment name of app below.

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Top Ubuntu Apps for 2017

  • LibreOffice Suite

LibreOffice is a powerful office suite its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. It includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market. See post on How to Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu.

  • VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform media player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.  There are other similar media player apps like MPlayer which are great to have but VLC Player offers you more user experience. See post on How to install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu.

  • Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the most widely useful cloud storage tools, and its great to have on your machine. It works seamlessly with your operating system and automatically makes sure your files are synced online and can be shared. See post on How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu

  • Ulauncher Desktop Application Launcher

Ulauncher is a simple desktop application for Linux that allows users to launch installed applications and open file directories using a fast and convenient user interface. It’s written in Python and uses GTK as a GUI toolkit. See how to install Ulauncher on Ubuntu

  • GIMP Image Editor

GIMP is a free open source tool that lets you create and edit images.  It can also be used for tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems and in many languages. See How to install GIMP on Ubuntu

  • Terminus Terminal

Terminus is nothing short of an elegant, simple to use web based linux terminal that is inspired by Hyper. Furthermore, it is designed for people with the desire to get things done on time. It runs on Windows, macOS as well as Linux, and comes with various themes and color schemes. See how to install Terminus on Ubuntu

  • Wine Windows Emulator

Wine (also known as Wine Is Not An Emulator) is a software for running Windows applications on Linux machines. it is a must have especially if you came from a Windows background and looking for a way to still run some of your Windows apps and/or games not available on Linux. See the Wine AppDB for list of games and apps you can install. See How to install Wine on Ubuntu

  • Vivaldi Browser

Vivaldi browser is one of the most promising browser, as its got lots and lots of features every users loves and dreams of having. It is regularly updated with new features hence making it one of my favorite browser. The most recent release allows you to customize the browser start page hence making it more personal to you. See how to install vivaldi browser on Ubuntu

  • Kodi Media Center

Kodi formerly known as XBox Media Center, is a feature rich app and its an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. See How to install Kodi on Ubuntu

  • PlayOnLinux

PlayOnLinux is the frontend piece of Wine, and it allows you to easily install as well as run many Windows applications with relative ease on Linux and Mac OS X. PlayOnLiux is free and does not require a Windows licence for use. See How to install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu

  • Steam For Linux Gaming

SteamOS is a free debian based operating system, forked from Debian 8 Debian Jessie by Valve hence optimized for better gaming experience. It is described as the ultimate entertaining platform. See How to install Steam on Linux

  • Atom Text Editor

Atom is a hackable text editor, built on atom-shell. Like other desktop apps, Atom Text has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. It is used also as an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Also is built with the same open source technologies used by modern web browsers. See How to install Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu

  • Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code is an open-source code editor that provides a comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, as well as lightweight integration with existing tools. See How to install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu

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A passionate Linux and Open Source user. In my spare time, I love developing mobile games for fun (You can check my games out iOS Store | Google Play Store) and also spend time contributing to the Linux community.

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