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Favorite Linux Software

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Favorite Linux Software

These are my current go-to programs I utilize. This list is what I install with every new distro hop or new PC setup. This is an evolving list and I'm always looking for new suggestions so hit me up on Twitter if you have a recommendation.

Graphic Software

Photo Management/Organization


  • OBS: Screen recording/Streaming
  • GUVCVIEW: Webcam Configuration
  • Audacity: Sound editing
  • Cheese: Webcam viewer
  • Vysor: Phone mirror software

  • Video Editing

  • Shotcut - Video editor/render
  • - snap install shotcut --edge --classic
  • Kdenlive - Video editor/render

  • Music

  • Clementine: music player and organizer
  • Pulse Audio Equalizer
  • Pithos - Pandora Client

  • Virtual Environments

  • Virtualbox: Create virtual machines
  • PlayOnLinux: Wine GUI

  • E-Books

  • Calibre : Ebook Converter and Organizer

  • Web

  • Chromium: web browser
  • Gnome Twitch: Twitch stream viewer
  • Firefox: Amazon video/Netflix support browser

  • Programming

  • Brackets : web design
  • Atom : programming editing
  • FileZilla : FTP
  • Putty - SSH client

  • Office

  • Libreoffice: Office suite
  • Simplenote: Note taking application saved online

  • Communication

  • Telegram: Instant messenge/group discussion tool
  • Zoom: Conference meeting software
  • Hexchat: IRC Chat client
  • Discord: Gaming text and voice chat server

  • RSS News Reader

  • QuiteRSS: News Feed Reader
  • http://www.linux-magazine.com/rss/feed/lmi_news
  • https://www.linux.com/rss/feeds.php
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/LinuxJournal-BreakingNews
  • distrowatch.com/news/dww.xml
  • distrowatch.com/news/dwd.xml
  • http://www.phoronix.com/rss.php
  • https://www.gamingonlinux.com/article_rss.php
  • https://itsfoss.com/feed

  • Gaming

  • Steam: Gaming store, manager, native Linux app
  • Gog: Game store and online game management
  • Humble Bundle: Game store and charity support
  • Lutris: Game Management Software

  • USB Creator

  • Etcher: ISO bootable usb creator

  • Backup Solutions

  • Back In Time - Snapshot file backup
  • Synology Software - Only if you have Synology NAS

  • VPN

  • PIA: VPN service

  • Customization

  • Cairo Dock : Dock Launcher
  • Papirus : icon set
  • Caffeine Indicator : Toggle switch for screensaver to keep it from coming on while watching video.
  • Nemo: File manager w/ root access

  • Favorite Distributions + DE of Choice

    These are my favorite desktop distributions for video editing, gaming, Youtube content creation, graphic design, rendering, HTML coding, and general use. There are many amazing distros and desktop environments these are just the ones I've tested and fell in love with.